The Massachusetts town of Melrose was the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident recently. A man well into his ninth decade was struck down by an MBTA bus. In what may be an important piece of evidence in any subsequent wrongful death claim by the victim's family, at least one observer noted the 88-year-old man had been walking in a crosswalk.
The bus was reportedly traveling at approximately 20 mph prior to the collision. After the fatal accident, the vehicle was observed stopped in the crosswalk where the victim had apparently been walking. It was also noted that a window on the side of the vehicle had been broken, and the victim suffered a deep gash on his head. Though emergency responders tried to revive the man at the scene, a sheet was placed over the man's body when resuscitation attempts failed.