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Framingham man dies after being hit by car

A 61-year-old Framingham man died Saturday morning after being hit by a car while getting his mail on a tree-lined side street Friday, police said.

Robert Weitzler was checking his mailbox in front of his home on 587 Edmands Road shortly after 4 p.m. Friday when he was hit by a car, said Lieutenant Ron Brandolini, a Framingham Police Department spokesman.

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Edmands Road, a winding 3-mile stretch that becomes narrow and wooded near Weitzler’s home, is not a common site for accidents, according to Framingham Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Barbieri.

“People usually slow around that road because they’re familiar with it,’’ he said. “We have some intersections in Framingham that are known for accidents, and that’s not one of them.’’

The driver stopped at the scene, but no charges had been filed as of Saturday afternoon, Brandolini said.

The accident is being investigated by Framingham police and the State Police accident reconstruction unit, Brandolini said.

Weitzler was flown by helicopter to Boston Medical Center, where he died of his injuries at 5:11 a.m. Saturday, the lieutenant said.

Annie Murphy, 56, who is a neighbor on Edmands Road, said her husband helped direct traffic until authorities arrived at the accident. “It was awful,’’ said Murphy. “This is just really unfortunate.’’

Murphy said she believes Edmands Road is dangerous and said accidents have occurred in that section before. “People go way too fast for this road,’’ she said.

Globe correspondent Derek J. Anderson contributed to this story. Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at gal.lotan@globe.com.
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