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Man killed in hit-and-run near Ashmont T station

Boston investigators try to figure out fatal Ashmont crash

BPD investigators try to figure out the fatal crash. Photo by Live Boston.

Live Boston reports the driver of a green Kia Sportage is being sought for hitting a pedestrian on Dorchester Avenue in Peabody Square and then driving away as the man lay dying Saturday night.

Qualan Powell, 33, died from his injuries in the crash, around 11:45 p.m. on Saturday.

The Sportage had Mass. plates, 7RN 971.

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Has become party central with people drinking and partying during the hot summer nights. The victim's family deserves justice both in criminal and civil courts.

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That is a wonderful way to say junkie spot. It is funny how the more gentrified the neighborhood I grew up in has become it has let "tolerance" for winos and users to openly flout anti-social behavior.

I looked outside O'Brien's the other day and it looked like a mini-Atkinson Street, Fields Corner too. If it won't be tolerated on Mount Vernon Street in Beacon Hill, why should the people of Dorchester have to put up with this?

To put it back on certain advocates of bike riding and pedestrianism, why would I let my elderly mother walk to the store if her safety is in danger by these folks? That's why people use cars. Control of the situation when Anti-Social Behavior such as speeding, running red lights, ignoring traffic controls, batshit drug and alcohol use in public is ignored.

Drinking at M Street Beach and reports of female nipples out - Crackdown. Shooting up in front of the Sleeping Head Statue - Ah, live and let live.

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In Dorchester, motorcycles and scooters are driven on the sidewalks. Columbia Road is like I-95.

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Even your elderly mother thinks that’s whacked.

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99% chance that inappropriate vehicle speed at this always busy pedestrian intersection was a major factor in the tragic hit and run killing of Qualan Powell by an SUV. Peabody Square is almost like Downtown Crossing; max driving speed should be 15 MPH but when the road is clear many people will drive through it 30+

A mayor who cares about the lives and safety of people who don’t drive (and don't pollute) would seize the moment and make a strong case for speed reduction and a major City-wide crack down on dangerous drivers (speeding, red lights, phones etc.). Unfortunately that won't happen as long as we have a mayor who cares so little about the lives of people who don’t drive. We need a new mayor.

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It not the mayor fault the people don’t have respect for people life. You hit someone you stop period.

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Absolutely right. The 25 mph limit does nothing when the road is designed for 35+ driving.
There are low cost, easy ways to limit driving speed and make it vastly safer for people to cross streets on foot. The transportation staff knows what to do but the mayor won’t allow it.

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... Marty “I’m a car guy” Walsh. That why Michelle Wu will have my vote. For other reasons as well.

This is one driver’s license that needs permanent suspension. And a driver who needs serious jail time. No bail for hit and runs.

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... Marty “I’m a car guy” Walsh. That why Michelle Wu will have my vote. For other reasons as well.

This is one driver’s license that needs permanent suspension. And a driver who needs serious jail time. No bail for hit and runs.

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This is a major transit hub (and as stated by a previous poster, party spot). When a train arrives, you can watch a steady stream of passengers jay walking across the street to the DD, liquor store and restaurants across the street. The crosswalks are not in the spot where most people want to cross the street, so... they cross where they like. Frustrated drivers become aggressive because the intersection is congested with jaywalkers.

I am no urban planner, so I am have no suggestions about how to better arrange the crosswalks, but the current setup all but insures conflict between drivers and pedestrians.

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That's one half of the problem, but the other is frustrated aggressive drivers that are rampant all over New England. We need stricter punishment for aggressive behavior, and road rage, loss of licenses for first infractions. I barely drive anymore but when I do 100% of the times I get on the road I witness blatantly disregard for safety within 10 minutes. 100% of the time. This is usually people weaving in and out of traffic, speeding down small city streets, texting and driving, running lights etc. I see cars going the wrong way down one way streets way more than I would expect. Nobody ever gets pulled over for it and if they do it's maybe a ticket, hardly a deterrent. Unsafe dangerous drivers need to be removed from the road period.

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All summer I have complained to Boston gov that there are groups forming along the lower end of Bailey Street and Duncan Doughnuts. They are there late afternoons and often late into the night until early morning. Heavy drinking and drug use is often seen. Needles sometimes lay along the sidewalk on Bailey.
A week ago a man was beaten unconscious on Bailey near the Ashmont T. following a couple of hours of drinking. The night this man's life was taken, a group was drinking and loud a couple of hours before they moved from the bend on Bailey down towards the station. After the man was hit (I heard the group and the hit from my house), there was loud yelling and laughing....and some ran up Bailey from the incident.
I just don't know what it will take to get the city to act.
Mayor Martin J Walsh stop ignoring this neighborhood and its residences.

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