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Woman struck by vehicle in Fort Point has died; other pedestrian expected to survive

One of two pedestrians who were struck by a vehicle Wednesday night in the Fort Point neighborhood of South Boston has died, Boston police said Thursday.

The victim who sustained fatal injuries was a woman between 20 and 30 years old, Officer Kim Tavares said.

A man who was struck, who is also between 20 and 30 years old, remains hospitalized and was not as seriously injured, police said.

The driver stayed at the scene, and police are continuing their investigation.

The incident occurred around 8:50 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of Melcher and Summer streets. More than a half-dozen police officers responded to the scene, where a white van sat with its front driver-side door open.


Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a Thursday statement, “This crash is incredibly upsetting and is a terrible tragedy, and my heart goes out to the victims involved, and their family and friends.”

He continued, “In Boston, we take seriously our responsibility to keep safe everyone who travels on our streets. At this intersection, a plan is underway to further improve safety, and we are going to continue doing the work needed to get to zero roadway fatalities across the entire city, and make sure that every person who uses our roadways is safe.”

An updated traffic signal for that location will include an “exclusive pedestrian phase, crossing Summer Street on the west side of the intersection,” city officials say. The traffic update will bar vehicles from turning left from Melcher Street onto Summer Street, heading toward South Station, officials said.

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