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Pedestrian struck in West Roxbury, suffers life-threatening injuries

Police cordoned off a section of Centre Street Tuesday evening.Danny McDonald/for the Boston Globe

A pedestrian struck by a vehicle on a busy West Roxbury street Tuesday afternoon suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash, police said.

The incident occurred around 4:05 p.m., near the intersection of Centre and Hastings streets, said Boston police Officer James Kenneally, a department spokesman.

Boston police were on the scene investigating for several hours Tuesday evening.

A four-door, tan-colored Toyota sedan stood with its lights on inside the crime scene tape. A handful of police officers stood nearby. A couple of investigators scanned the roadway with flashlights.

The section of the street where the crash occurred is a busy commercial stretch, dotted with restaurants, a hardware store, and multiple hair salons.


Witnesses to the crash and its aftermath said the pedestrian struck is a woman.

Yelsy Vilororio, who works at The Real Deal, a pizza shop and deli on Centre Street, said the woman came in with a man Vilororio believed to be her husband and ate a meal before the crash.

She said she saw the car strike the woman in the street, sending the pedestrian flying through the air. The woman, said Vilororio, was crossing the street but not in a crosswalk.

The driver, she said, was scared in the aftermath of the crash.

“She was crying [and] screaming,” she said.

The couple are regulars at her restaurant, she said.

“They always come here,” she said.

Sonya Earl, a stylist at Perfect 10 Unisex Salon on Centre Street, said she heard a “boom,” then ran out of the salon and saw the victim unconscious in the street.

She said the woman who struck the pedestrian “immediately” tried to provide aide and was putting pressure on the victim’s neck area. There was a lot of blood, said Earl.

“She was very remorseful,” Earl said of the driver. “She just said, ‘I don’t know, the lady came from out of nowhere.’”


Earl said she prayed for the victim and consoled a man whom she believed was the victim’s husband.

“I was just praying for the lady,” Earl said. “I don’t know, I was in shock too.”

Ayramalys Mejia works at the Sugar Bakery on Centre Street and saw the aftermath of the crash.

She said she ran to her boss and told him “a lady just got hit outside.”

“I just couldn’t believe it,” she said.

Mejia said the intersection is “always busy” and sometimes glare from the sun can make it tough to see on the thoroughfare.

Like Earl and Vilororio, Mejia said the driver of the car was visibly upset and trying to help the victim before first responders arrived.

Correspondent Adam Sennott contributed. Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.