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A car crash in North Cambridge on Oct. 17. (Photo: James Williamson)

A year ago I published a summary of vehicle-on-bicycle crash reports as provided to the City Council by the city’s public information office over the course of a month – October 2021. Below is a list of all 17 crash reports we got in October of this year, lightly edited but unfiltered. Notably, most of the crashes involve a motor vehicle crashing into and injuring a pedestrian (including a 9-year-old child, in one instance), or bicycle operator. These reports underscore again the importance of continuing to make critical safety improvements to our roads without delay.

Oct 31: Crash involving pedestrian at Main and Windsor streets

Units responded to Main Street and Windsor Street around 4:52 p.m. for a crash involving a motorist and pedestrian. The pedestrian suffered a head injury and was taken to a hospital.

Oct 31: Crash involving pedestrian at 415 Cardinal Medeiros Ave.

Units responded after a crash involving an operator of a motor vehicle and a pedestrian that took place at around 9:12 a.m. The pedestrian sustained a knee injury. The driver of the vehicle fled the area and officers are seeking them.

Oct 29: Crash involving bicyclist at Hampshire and Tremont streets

Units responded after a crash involving an operator of a motor vehicle and a bicyclist. It took place around 7:33 p.m. The bicyclist was taken to a hospital to be evaluated for injuries.

Oct 27: Crash involving pedestrian

Police responded to the area of Massachusetts Avenue at Albany street at around 4:23 p.m. after a crash involving an operator of a motor vehicle and a pedestrian. It appears that the pedestrian was jogging and crossing Massachusetts Avenue while the pedestrian light was red and the driver had a green light.

Oct 25: Crash involving scooter operator at Massachusetts Avenue and Amherst Street

Police report that around 6:40 a.m., there was a crash involving a motorist and scooter operator. The scooter operator sustained an ankle injury. The motorist was cited for unlicensed operation.

Oct 24: Crash involving bicyclist at Belmont and Cushing streets

Police report that around 7:20 p.m., there was a crash involving a motorist and bicyclist in which the bicyclist sustained minor injuries.

Oct 21: Crash involving bicyclist who is pregnant

Police report that units responded to a crash involving a motorist and a bicyclist on Garden Street at Linnaean Street at around 8:49 a.m. The bicyclist, who is reportedly eight months pregnant, was traveling west on Garden Street crossing Linnaean Street. The motorist was traveling east on Garden Street, turning left onto Linnaean Street. Fortunately, the cyclist did not require transport to the hospital and was treated on-scene for injuries to her hands and knees. The motorist was cited.

Oct 17: Crash involving traffic light pole

Police report getting multiple media inquiries after a motor vehicle crash resulted in a traffic light pole getting knocked down at Massachusetts Avenue and Harvey Street. Preliminary information indicates the pole fell on two vehicles. Traffic was heavy due to the delays.

Oct 15: Overnight crash

Police report that at approximately 2 a.m., officers responded to a two-car crash at Green Street and Western Avenue. It appears the first operator drove the wrong way on Western, striking the second vehicle head-on at a red light. The first operator backed up over a traffic signal, knocking it down, and struck a street sign. The first operator was arrested for driving under the influence and other motor vehicle violations. The second operator was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Oct 13: Two crashes involving bicyclists

Around 6:11 p.m., a bicyclist was in a crash with a motorist at Portland and Washington streets. The cyclist did not require a hospital transport. Around 7:23 p.m., a crash occurred on Fresh Pond Parkway at Huron Avenue. The cyclist sustained a minor back injury and was taken to a hospital. 

Oct 12: Hit-and-run crash

The Emergency Communications Center reports notification of a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian at 601 Concord Ave. Police and fire reported that an elderly victim was found with a head injury and taken to a hospital. The injuries were non-life-threatening. Police advise that this was a hit-and-run crash. The driver took off toward Belmont.

Oct 10: Crash involving scooter

Around 6:35 p.m., there was a crash involving the operator of a scooter and a motorist in the parking lot between PetSmart and Alewife Brook Parkway. The scooter operator was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Oct 9: Crash involving pedestrian at Calendar and Putnam streets

Police report that at approximately 2:17 p.m., a crash involving a pedestrian and motorist in which pedestrian suffered a possible broken wrist=. The motorist was cited for a marked-lane violation.

Oct 6: Crash involving child

Police responded to Hingham Street around 6:51 p.m. after a crash involving a motorist and a 9-year-old pedestrian. The child was taken to a hospital with an apparent head injury that is non-life threatening.

Oct 6: Two-car crash involving the driver of a police vehicle

Police responded to Second and Spring streets around 4:12 p.m. for a motor vehicle crash involving one of our officer-driven police cars. As a result of the crash, there was some exterior damage but no apparent structural damage to a nearby building. The operator of the other vehicle reported back pain and was treated on scene and taken to a hospital. The involved officer appears to not be injured. Traffic was briefly impacted.

Oct 2: Crash involving pedestrian

Police report that around 7:55 p.m., units responded to 624 Massachusetts Ave. after a crash involving a motorist and pedestrian. The pedestrian, who was reportedly intoxicated and outside of the crosswalk at the time of the crash, sustained a head injury and was taken to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Quinton Zondervan is a city councillor.