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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Newton man injured in hit-and-run

NEWTON

A 59-year-old Newton man suffered internal injuries Tuesday evening after he was struck by a vehicle while walking across the street in Newton Corner, police said. Authorities said the driver fled the scene after the incident and are asking for the public's help in identifying he driver.

Newton Police
said the incident occurred at about 7:17 p.m. near 300 Washington Street, which is located at the entrance to the Mass. Turnpike West in Newton Corner.

According to witnesses, the victim had a pedestrian walk light and was walking in the crosswalk when a vehicle failed to stop for a red light. After striking the victim, the driver waited a moment, then drove around the victim and stopped again without getting out.

The driver then fled westbound on the turnpike. The vehicle is described as possibly being a small older white Toyota Tercel, Nissan Sentra, or Geo Prism. The registration plate was white with a blue heading.

The victim was transported to the Beth Israel Hospital with internal injuries, an update on his condition was not immediately available. Anyone having any information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Newton Police Department at 617-796-2106.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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