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One person dies after being struck by car in South End

Police were at the scene in the South End where a vehicle struck two women as they were crossing the street. One woman later died and the other suffered life-threatening injuries.John Blanding/Globe Staff/Boston Globe

A woman in her 70s died and another woman was injured after they were struck by a vehicle while walking across a street in the South End Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The accident happened at about 3:30 p.m. at Tremont and West Brookline streets. The women were transported by ambulance to Boston Medical Center, and the driver was taken to Tufts Medical Center, said Officer Rachel McGuire, a Boston police spokeswoman.

The driver in the crash, who stopped, has not been charged, Officer James Kenneally said. The identities of the women and the driver have not been released.

The injured woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Kenneally said.


Police at the scene inspected a black Nissan SUV that appeared to have been traveling west down Tremont when it struck the women. The SUV was parked in the intersection of West Brookline Street, just past the crosswalk where the women were walking, witnesses said.

Francisco Gonzalez, who works on Tremont and saw the accident, said that afterward the driver complained about the solar glare and the difficulty she had seeing.

Phil Indelicato, who came upon the scene shortly after the accident, said glare from the sun is strong at that time of day.

“It’s always a problem here,” he said.

The intersection of Tremont and West Brookline streets does not have a traffic light or walk signals, and South End residents who were out walking their dogs or heading home from work said it can be dangerous.

The residents noted that unlike other intersections, it lacks a reflective sign placed in the middle of the street that warns drivers of a state law requiring them to yield to pedestrians.

“I always get apprehensive when I cross this street,” said Eric Huang, who lives nearby.

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