Statement of Tufts University Regarding Student Struck by Car

Category: Announcement

November 9, 2012

As many in our community have heard, one of our undergraduates was struck by a car while crossing the intersection of Packard Avenue and Powderhouse Boulevard in Somerville at about 8:30 p.m. yesterday. The student is being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital and the university has been in touch with his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with our student and his family and friends.

The Somerville Police Department has requested that anyone who may have witnessed this accident, or have other information about it, contact Lieutenant James Polito or one of his colleagues at 617-625-1212.

Tufts has reached out to City of Somerville officials to review the circumstances of this accident and ensure that we continue to work together to make the improvements needed to make this particular intersection, and the perimeter of campus generally, safer for pedestrians. We have a long history of productive collaboration with the Cities of Somerville and Medford to address traffic and pedestrian safety issues around campus. Working closely with Tufts, the City of Somerville made significant improvements at the intersection of Packard Avenue and Powderhouse Boulevard in 2011.

Pedestrian safety is a top priority for Tufts, and in partnership with our local communities we have been making major investments to address these issues on and around campus. An overview of recent enhancements to pedestrian safety is available on the website of the Tufts Department of Public and Environmental Safety:

We will keep the university community informed of our progress as we continue to address these issues collaboratively with our local communities.

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