The driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee told police that when the Ford F-150 in front of him on Centre Street in West Roxbury wasn't moving, he figured he'd just swing around into the left lane and be on his way, according to a copy of a Boston Police report on a crash at the crosswalk at Centre and Maple streets around 3:40 p.m. on Thursday.
Only problems: The road had just been reconfigured to have just one travel lane and there was a man walking in the intersection's crosswalk, whom the driver then hit, sending him to the pavement and ultimately to the hospital with possible head and rib injuries.
According to the police report:
Mr. [redacted] state that he was traveling on Centre St. outbound when he went around the left side of a gray Ford F150 pickup which was stopped in traffic. Mr. [redacted] stated that he had not driven on Centre St. since a new traffic pattern was put in place and stated he drove into what he believed was a lane of travel. Mr. [redacted] state that he heard a thud and realized that he had struck a pedestrian.
In fact, what he thought was a travel lane was now part of the other side of the road.
The report says the driver of the F150 was stopped "just outside" the crosswalk, which may indicate this was not one of the "double threat" crashes that the new configuration is supposed to end, where a driver in one lane stops for a pedestrian, who then gets hit by a motorist in the other lane.
Road crews were on Centre Street this week putting down new striping to indicate the new configuration: One vehicle travel lane in each direction, a center turning/emergency lane, a bike lane along the curb and a parking lane between the bike lane and the travel lane. The goal is to try to get drivers to stop speeding and reduce the odds of pedestrians and bicyclists getting hit by cars.
The BPD officer who first responded, and who wrote the report, noted both the new lanes and "solar glare in the outbound direction of travel due to the sun setting."
When the officer arrived on scene, he found the victim sitting on the bench between the Brigham and Women's clinic and the post office, with "a large laceration on the head" as Boston firefighters helped him before an ambulance arrived.
Mr. [redacted] complained of a head injury and being faint stating "I feel like I'm going to pass out."
Police said yesterday the crash remains under investigation.