Police say they know who nearly killed pedestrian in Roslindale, then drove away

Boston Police report a tip led them to both the driver and the car involved in a hit and run on Washington Street at Beech and Walworth last month that sent a man walking across the street to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police say they found the car yesterday and towed it away, pending execution of a search warrant on it. The driver, Eddie Cartagena, 25, will be summonsed to appear in West Roxbury Municipal Court on several motor-vehicle charges, police say.

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That stretch of Washington is a nightmare...

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...for all sorts of reasons. But this particular intersection is exceptionally stupid. Northbound Washington "narrows" from two lanes to one, frequently jamming because of left turns to Walworth which block through traffic and it also features a very sharp right turn to Beech.

The light and walk cycles are messed up, there are no lane markings or signage to speak of, and everyone feels like they need to drive like maniacs because Washington is a divided four-lane highway setup south of West Roxbury Parkway. Add to that the fact that pedestrians appear to have a penchant for crossing midblock and against signals, you're always a few seconds away from a horrible accident whether you're walking, driving, or biking.

It's just a complete fail for everyone - pedestrians, buses, cars and bikes alike.

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Thank you, Police

Thanks for staying on this and finding the person responsible. Lets hope he spends a long time in jail.

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Ha!

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He probably "didn't see them" and will get a slap on the wrist.

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Except

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He will be liable for this kid's medical expenses and whatnot.

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I hope not

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I didn't see you isn't an excuse. It's an admission of guilt.

(stolen from a fellow motorcyclist's siggy - I forget the attribution)

(PS - I am an unabashed car driver and motorcyclist and pedestrian)

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It should be

But, when it comes to trucks, it seems to be a "get out of jail free" card.

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But, when it comes to trucks,

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But, when it comes to trucks, it seems to be a "get out of jail free" card.

For criminal law, "mens rea" (that the person intended or at least knew they were committing the act) is virtually always a required element of the offense. So no, not knowing you hit someone should absolutely be a defense.

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That's where the legislature

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That's where the legislature should be stepping in, to ensure that there can not be something so unwieldy on the street that the operator does not know where or what the vehicle is doing.

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Oh for cripes sake...

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you do know about "blind spots" and trucks and buses, correct?

Yes, Virginia, they do exist.

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scroll down that wikipedia

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scroll down that wikipedia page to recklessness and negligence.

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He'll be out of jail in a few

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He'll be out of jail in a few days and behind the wheel again a couple months after that because Americans have a sick disorder when it comes to cars and the irresponsible people who drive them.

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You need a new hobby

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Or a sense of proportion, better yet. I share your sense of outrage over people who carelessly operate motor vehicles, but most of the people around you drive. Most of the people around you are those you claim are "impossible people", whatever that ridiculous phrase means. Please, get a grip.

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Are you an American? Then you

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Are you an American? Then you must be speaking for yourself. However, don't presume to speak for me.

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