At about 6:23AM, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian in the area of Stuart & Charles Streets. On arrival, officers observed the Boston Fire Department and Boston EMS already treating an elderly female victim, approximately 80 years of age, for what appeared to be head trauma. The victim, suffering life threatening injuries, was transported to Tufts Medical Center.
Officers located and spoke to the operator of the vehicle who stated that he did not see the pedestrian in the roadway.
Detectives assigned to the Boston Police Department’s Accident Reconstruction Team are currently investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this accident. At present, the cause of the accident is still under investigation and no violations have been issued at this time.”
I see that there is a committee meeting on June 26th to discuss many transportation safety issues, such as vulnerable road users. However, I feel that a crucial point has been left out of the proposed legislation: the police refuse to prosecute dangerous drivers.
For pretty much every incident, it’s the same old story: someone is killed, the driver says “I didn’t see them”, and the police wrap things up and go home.
“I didn’t see them” should not be considered a valid excuse. Blind people are not allowed to drive, and anyone who claims to have “not seen” the victim is either lying or does not have the eyesight ability required to drive. In addition, the police seem to go out of their way to try and protect the motorist, by blaming the victim.
For example, I was horrified to see supposedly impartial investigators start to make excuses for the truck that killed the Japanese scientist in Kenmore Square. That’s not their job, but they did it anyway.
but it is possible that in a vehicle that large, the driver would have had a difficult time seeing Miura, two law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation said.”
Naturally, there have been no charges or citations issued in that case. It’s difficult to believe in the impartiality of the investigators when they are making excuses already.
Is there any way to address this problem? Increasing penalties doesn’t do any good as long as the police seem to be fighting a culture war against non-motorists, and refuse to bring charges against dangerous drivers in the first place. How can a court of law make a judgement if there is no case to begin with?