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Cohasset woman killed after being hit by car in Braintree

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  August 27, 2013 11:54 AM

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A 52-year-old Cohasset woman left a health care facilty against medical advice Monday afternoon, and was hit by a car that night and died, Braintree police said.

According to police, shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday, in response to several 911 calls, Braintree police officers responded to reports of a woman struck by a car at the Union Street Rotary.

When officers arrived, they saw a barefoot woman lying on the southbound side of the rotary, approximately 75 yards from the Route 3 South on ramp.

“We got a call at about 8:38 p.m. and responded to the scene and Engine 4 was there and they immediately started CPR on the woman,” said Braintree Fire Lieutenant Ed Bulger. “How she was hit or where, we don’t know."

The woman was taken by ambulance to South Shore Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:05 p.m., police said.

The victim has been identified as Lydia Drew, 52, of Cohasset.

According to police, at 5:12 p.m. that evening, a broadcast was issued to area police departments by another South Shore police department after the victim, against medical advice, left a health care facility where she was being treated after allegedly making threats to harm herself.

Braintree police did not identify the name of the facility or where it was located.

Police said the accident remains under investigation, but that the operator of the car, a 51-year-old man from Pembroke, said he had just left the MBTA parking garage and was getting ready to merge with rotary traffic when he felt his truck “run over something”.

The man got out of his car and saw he had struck a person, police said. There did not appear to be any damage to his vehicle.

The man told police that he didn’t see the victim before getting out of his car.

According to police, alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident, and the operator has not yet been cited for any motor vehicle violations.

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