Woman Hit By Stolen Truck On Sidewalk Outside Boston Public Garden

BOSTON (CBS) – A woman walking on the sidewalk was hit by a stolen pickup truck just outside the Boston Public Garden Thursday afternoon.

It happened at the corner of Boylston and Charles Street South. The woman was unresponsive after the crash. A nurse and a doctor rushed to help her before she was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“I heard the screeching of the wheels,” witness Donald Saarela said. “I looked up and I saw the black truck go across the sidewalk. It hit everything and everything just started flying in the air. A lady started screaming.”

“She was under the debris,” Saarela said.

“She was on the ground. Her face was down,” witness Britt Locklin said. “There was just so much blood you couldn’t see her face really.”

According to WBZ-TV I-Team sources, the truck was stolen shortly before the crash. Sources said it belonged to a firefighter who left the truck running outside the Boylston Street fire station a few blocks away. Someone jumped into the truck, and took off down Boylston, before crashing through the gate of the Public Garden.

Witnesses say the driver simply walked away.

“He just got out and just walked across to the other side of the Common, like, as if nothing happened,” Locklin said.



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The truck crashed through the gate of the Public Garden, hitting a woman. (WBZ-TV)

Police are reviewing surveillance video and asking witnesses to come forward with any information they have.

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