A man in a crosswalk at Centre and Hastings streets was hit by a Centre Street driver around 4:25 p.m. on Thursday, Boston Police say. The victim, who police say did not suffer serious injuries, was taken to a local hospital for observation.
This is the same intersection where a woman walking in the crosswalk was hit and killed by a motorist on Feb. 5, 2019, three years after a man in the crosswalk suffered a traumatic brain injury when hit by a car.
Following Marilyn Wentworth's death, the city developed a plan to increase pedestrian safety along West Roxbury's main shopping street in part by narrowing the road to slow drivers down.
However, the city quickly shelved those plans under an onslaught of anger by some West Roxbury residents convinced that sinister outside interests, like bicyclists, were behind what they said was a plot to destroy the neighborhood, for reasons that were apparently so well known that they were never specified in any of the fliers distributed around the neighborhood.
In addition to pedestrians getting hit by motorists on Centre Street, the intersection is also now notable for a December incident in which somebody in a pickup in the Hastings Street municipal parking lot somehow flew over the brick wall that separates the lot from the Centre Street sidewalk, plowing onto a couple and their three young children. Police have yet to say how that might have happened.