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Somebody hit elderly woman in a wheelchair in Cambridge, then just drove off

Car sought for hit and run in Cambridge

Surveillance photo via CPD.

Cambridge Police are looking for the driver of a car that hit a 77-year-old woman in a wheelchair early Sunday on Columbia Street near Lincoln Street, then drove off, leaving her with critical injuries for which she is still hospitalized.

Police say the woman was headed south on the side of Columbia around 4:40 a.m. when hit - apparently head on, by a driver heading north, who then continued towards Somerville, via Webster Avenue and Prospect Street.

Police say the car was a 1996-1999 Taurus, either green or blue and it likely to have damage to its front bumper and headlights and possibly its hood.

Anybody with information can contact Officer Christopher Sullivan at 617-349-3307.

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i'm whatever about, it is what it is

but i seriously detest driving in cambridge. i used to live right on the corner there on hampshire/columbia above some convenience store. i guess im kind of surprised this happened right there, though its sadly been 10 years since i lived there.

i don't even want to know what the rent is.

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Yes, having lived in both Boston and Cambridge, Boston is far more car centric and Cambrdge is more of the view that pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers all have a right to get around safely. I know a lot of Boston drivers find this more equitable use of public space frustrating and try to avoid Cambridge. In Boston, the car is king and the city does very little enforcement of traffic laws.

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They have made it both difficult for aggro drivers to cut around people driving safely, yet made it extremely clear where your car should be on the roadway.

I enjoy it more than Boston, where everything is half assed and not carefully thought out.

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check the police station.

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took me a minute and it really shouldnt have, nice.

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near The Independent restaurant. I don't know if this is helpful, but maybe.

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Ive honestly had it with the disregard of Boston drivers, and the police and government that enable them to drive recklessly. I have lived in 4 major US cities in my life and never had these problems.

I have almost been hit a dozen times in the 4 years Ive lived here on my daily commute and I dont plan to stick around much longer primarily for that exact reason. Im sure many wont miss me but at least I wont be crippled by some asshole townie or a schmuck in his beamer.

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sorry to hear, we'll miss you

also you're doing pretty well if its only a dozen times in 4 years, keep your chin up

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I've lived here for 10yrs, and lived in major cities for 20yrs, and MAYBE i've come close to being hit 2-3 times total.

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Glad to hear that you're such a fit individual with a superior perception of what's going on around you. Not everyone is.

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Which therefore is the drivers' fault, not the pedestrian who lacks "superior perception."

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the only time ive come close as a pedestrian has been when i lived in kenmore and terry francona almost killed me with his escalade

had a car make an illegal turn and i actually crashed into his driver door at roughly an 8th of a mile per hour on my bicycle

nice to see the tourists are acclimating so well to our city that they name themselves after it though :-)

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I'm exceptionally careful, and witness cars blowing through stop signs and red lights on regular basis. I walk to & from Cambridge & the Back Bay every weekday/night, and the stuff I witness is unbelievable. I'm actually surprised that more people aren't hit. I hope this lady recovers and they find the driver.

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As of 2013, the pedestrian fatality rate in Boston was half the national average.

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My entire life, including being born and partly raised in NYC. I've never lived in suburban or rural area, always a large city. Boston, aside from being a very old city, and it's density and congestion (both above average) is really no different than any other large city and metro area in regards to the civility of it's drivers, I know from experience of worse places.

And the 'townie' crack is gratuitous and smacks of condescension and snobbery. I've never hit anyone, try to hit anyone with my car, or certainly kill someone.

And yes, I have a college degree.

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I lived in the area almost a decade, walked and used the T daily. Never almost got hit.

Maybe it's you.

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I hope the driver can't sleep at night and is overcome 24/7 with deeply instilled feelings of extreme guilt and nausea which will last until he/she comes forth to police.

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I was cut off by a black pick up truck north of Boston. Two lanes merge into one. The truck was in the right lane and should have yielded. No. He cuts me off!

I certainly can understand Windypig's view.

Could CPD enlarge the photo to possibly get a partial plate number?

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Could CPD enlarge the photo to possibly get a partial plate number?

That only works in the movies. They can zoom in all they want but the image is blown out and all they'd see is more white pixels.

Hopefully another camera got them. CPD has been pretty good at tracking these dirtbags down.

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with all the data mining going on today, how much they can narrow it down. Clearly a Taurus, and the body style gives away a range of years. They have the color pretty close, and might be able to determine the state of issue based on the color of the plate. Maybe they have access to an ALPR database, or another camera got them like you said.

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You don't hit someone and not leave any visible signs on your car. If police publicize a description of the vehicle widely enough, someone who knows the person who owns the car is going to ask questions, or the driver will take it in for repairs, or whatever. Someone will notice something and make a phone call.

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