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Mayor Wu says she’s ‘doing just fine’ after unmarked police car collides with other vehicle

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu answered questions from reporters after being involved in a car accident Tuesday.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Mayor Michelle Wu said Wednesday she is feeling better after an unmarked Boston police car she was riding in on Tuesday collided with another vehicle in Roslindale.

“I’m doing OK, I’m doing just fine,” Wu said. “I’m feeling it a little bit, a little stiffness, but everyone is safe and I’m just so thankful. It happened pretty fast.”

Wu’s office later confirmed that she rode in the ambulance with the driver of the vehicle that struck the police car. The woman, who had her child in the car, at first was reluctant to go to the hospital.

“[The woman] communicated that she was most comfortable speaking in Spanish,” so Wu rode with her to the hospital to provide interpretation, Wu’s office said.


The mayor’s office did not provide further details.

Video from the scene Tuesday, obtained by Boston 25 News, showed an unmarked police cruiser with flashing blue lights drive against a red light into the intersection of Blakemore Street and Hyde Park Avenue, where a car heading in the other direction slammed into its side.

“[I] really heard the sound before anything else ... first responders were on the scene immediately,” said Wu, who spoke with reporters as she arrived at a luncheon for seniors in Charlestown.

According to a police report, the unmarked cruiser had its sirens and lights activated as it drove down Blakemore Street around 9:50 a.m. The driver “was stopped at the red light, then slowly approached the intersection to ensure that the oncoming traffic ... [was] able to see and hear the cruiser entering the intersection.”

The first lane of traffic on Hyde Park Avenue came to a complete stop, the report said. But a 2019 Honda CR-V in the second lane of traffic “did not stop or slow down” before slamming into the police cruiser, the report said.


Wu said she was sitting in the front passenger seat, reviewing documents on her phone. She was heading from Roslindale to a “meeting and engagement” at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.

When asked why the emergency lights were activated, Wu said that she “was on my phone and not really seeing what was happening as the lights were turned on in that intersection.”

Whether vehicles use emergency lights while driving her “depends [on] what event it is,” Wu said.

“It was not an emergency yesterday where we were headed,” she added. “I know my team and the officers who are on our detail team are of the utmost professionalism and training.”

According to the report, Wu “felt a minor pain to her right side of her body” but declined medical attention. The officer behind the wheel “felt pains to the left side of his body” and was taken to the hospital. He was discharged the same day, the report said.

The exact circumstances of the crash are under review, Wu said.

“The first step is an internal review of every single incident that happens with a departmental vehicle,” she said. “And then if there are things that need to come out of that ... we’re working to make sure that policies are clear and transparent.”

Tonya Alanez of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

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