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Newton Centre hit-and-run followed shortly by second car striking 90-year-old man

A hit-and-run driver struck a pedestrian in Newton Centre late Monday afternoon but came forward hours later, and a 90-year-old man was hit in the same intersection an hour later by a driver who stopped, Newton police said.

The first victim was crossing outside a crosswalk near the corner of Centre and Pleasant streets at about 5:35 p.m. when a car struck him and fled the scene, Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker said.

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The victim was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and was expected to survive his injuries, Apotheker said. Apotheker said the victim was elderly but did not know his identity or age. The driver, a 26-year-old woman, later contacted police and identified herself, Apotheker said.

Just over an hour later, a 90-year-old man was crossing at a crosswalk at Centre and Pleasant streets when he was struck by a motorist who stopped and cooperated with police, Apotheker said.

The second man sustained a shoulder injury and was taken to a Needham hospital, Apotheker said.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.
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