A woman walking around the Boston Public Garden suffered life-threatening injuries in a car crash on Thursday, according to police and a witness.
Police said the call came in at 4:22 p.m. for reports of a person struck at the corner of Boylston and Charles streets. The individual who was hit suffered life-threatening injuries, and authorities were making “full notifications,” which is done when someone either has died or might die.
Witness Antonio Avanti was waiting for the light on Boylston when he heard the crash and then saw smoke. He told the Herald he jumped out of his car and saw what appeared to be a young woman lying on the ground.
The car — a black Chevrolet Colorado, he said — had jumped the curb and smashed into the iron fencing and stone pillars that form an entrance to the Public Garden at the corner of the two streets, the Boston resident said.
Others had begun tending to the injured woman.
“She had an angel — there was somebody with blue scrubs who was helping her,” Avanti said.
Avanti said the driver of the vehicle had left the scene on foot. The Chevy pickup truck remained there, propped up on a small pile of debris.
“It’s just very sad,” Avanti said.
The busy roads around the downtown scene remained closed as police investigated.