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Nurse fatally injured outside Brighton hospital after she was struck by vehicle

A nurse who worked at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center was walking in Brighton when she was hit by a vehicle and fatally injured Wednesday morning, according to officials.

Ann O’Flaherty of Westwood, a nurse at St. Elizabeth’s since June 1988, was identified as the victim Wednesday night by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, a statewide union that represents nurses at the hospital.

O’Flaherty, a native of Ireland, who is survived by her husband and their three children, according to a statement from Ellen MacInnis, a St. Elizabeth’s emergency department nurse and a member of the union’s board of directors.

“Ann was a nurses’ nurse. After working on Cardinal Medeiros 6, a medical/surgical unit, Ann became an accomplished ICU nurse. Recently she took a position in the Endoscopy unit,” MacInnis said. “Ann oriented me when I went to the ICU some years ago. Her practice was superb and she always took the most wonderful care of her patients. We’re sad beyond words.”


In an earlier statement, the medical center confirmed the victim was an employee.

“This morning, a St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center employee was struck by a passing vehicle and died at the scene. We are heartbroken by the news of this tragic accident and are providing support to the victim’s family and our colleagues during this very difficult time,’' the statement from the medical center said. “The Boston Police Department is currently investigating the accident and we are providing full assistance.”

The victim was struck around 6:20 a.m. near the intersection of Washington and Cambridge streets, Boston police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the driver remained at the scene and the crash is under investigation,

John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.