A pedestrian in her 60s was hit by a truck at around 6:53 a.m. Tuesday on Brattle Street, near the Out of Town News in Harvard Square, sustaining serious injuries. The woman was taken to an area hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, said Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr

The preliminary investigation suggests that the woman was hit by a boom truck – a large flatbed truck with a rear-mounted boom crane – while trying to cross the street. The driver of the truck remained on the scene. 

The woman was outside the crosswalk, according to a preliminary investigation.

Update on Set. 18, 2019: The victim has been identified as Sharon Hamer, 67, of Cambridge.

More investigation is underway by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Cambridge police and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. No charges have been filed in the case.

Other information about the woman will be released pending notification of next of kin, the authorities said. Traffic patterns in Harvard Square remained affected by the investigation of the incident until about 2:20 p.m., when detours and traffic barriers were removed and traffic returned to normal, Cambridge police said.


This post was written from a press release.