87-Year-Old Man Struck on Crosswalk Outside Saint Adelaide Parish

The victim was transported to Mass. General Hospital where he was recovering from his injuries Sunday evening.

An 87-year-old man was transported to Mass. General Hospital after he was struck while in the crosswalk in front of Saint Adelaide Parish Sunday afternoon. 

According to Peabody Police Lt. William Cook, the incident happened at about 1 p.m. on Lowell Street. Westbound traffic was temporarily detoured through the church parking lot until police cleared from the scene.

The victim was reportedly crossing the street, coming from the church side, when he was struck by a Buick LeSabre.

Reports say the pedestrian went into traumatic arrest at the scene and police confirmed he was the only person transported to the hospital.

CBS Boston reported later in the afternoon that the man was recovering at the hospital.

The driver did stop after the accident and speak with police. A Mass. State Police Reconstruction team also responded to the scene to investigate the accident.

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Carl January 27, 2013 at 08:19 PM
God bless him.
bjean January 27, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Hope he pulls through. Its a very dangerous spot, people fly past that church.
Joseph Maio January 27, 2013 at 10:39 PM
This is what over building and to many business. You can thank the mayor route 1 for this problem. Thank you Gamache thank God your gone. Let's build buildings not work on traffic and over crowding. The thing that keep the people of Peabody safe from such tragedies. The poor person is in my prayers
Anthony Genovese January 27, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Rte 1 traffic. The mayor. What does that have to do with an elderly person hitting an elderly person in a crosswalk?
Anthony Genovese January 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Joseph is ridiculous in his absurd comments
Anthony Genovese January 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Daubach January 27, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Thank you Joseph for your very rational and obviously unbiased opinion. I bet you wouldn't even imagine of using an unrelated story to pursue a personal grudge...and I respect you for that.
Stephen Raymond January 28, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Thoughts and prayers go to the man that was hit and his family. Everyone hopes that he will recover. I cant help but also feel sorry for the driver who must be anguished over this tragedy. PLEASE slow down and drive safely folks. I live right down the street from the church and saw the terrible aftermath of this accident. This is not the first such accident we've seen here. Rollover vehicles, cars through fences, head-ons and now this. Lowell Street, like too many others has become a speedway in the middle of a neighborhood.
Bob Croce January 28, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Our family's prayers are with this gentleman too. That's the neighborhood where I grew up and the church I attended too. Been a dangerous spot for years when Mass is letting out. People really do need to slowdown and pay attention.
Stephen Raymond January 28, 2013 at 01:17 AM
The Boston police would sit outside the church after mass with their lights on when I was a kid. They made sure everyone crossed safely and it took all of 10 minutes out of their day.
mike d January 28, 2013 at 02:24 AM
tht joe guy is the biogest clown tht lives in peabody has absolutey no idea wat hes talking about hes the biggest problem peabodys got going yea joe im talkin to you just keep your mouth shut you moron
Marlana W January 28, 2013 at 03:34 AM
I saw that. I was driving home and saw the car and ambulance. I had to go through the parking lot. I hope that man gets better.
Joseph Maio January 28, 2013 at 04:19 AM
LMAO Let me just say this about you comments about me. You have the worlds most abundant amount of useless knowledge I have ever heard. Yup houses 1 on top of an other roads falling apart and and no traffic lights were there need like in front of that church. But the city will bend over backwards for a new business. To the family of the person that got injured I am truly sorry. My heart and prayers go out to you. This did not just happen this has been an issue there since I was a teen. But let's not talk about the problem let's just let it go unsolved or unanswered. Hey you want the city to ignore home owners well they will do to the mentality of Yall. Ya business as usual and you will never see a light there but you will get a new Wendys!
mike d January 28, 2013 at 05:56 AM
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Lynne January 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM
This accident happened right before the Mass started at 1 pm. The priest stopped the Mass and went out and gave the parishioner the Last Rites. It sounds like the accident victim may pull through!
bjean January 28, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Knock it off. Its a bad area for pedestrians, and people drive like animals. Poor guy.
Saber Walsh January 29, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with this man. Glad the priest held the Mass to give the Sacrament of the Sick, that's putting priorities exactly where they should be. But if we look at all the churches and synagogues in the area, there are similar issues (St Thomas the Apostle has had several severe injuries and fatalities over the years because the bend in the road makes it hard for speeding vehicles to see pedestrians until it's too darn late). Stephen's comment was one of the best ideas, but could you imagine the hue-and-dry from the Moonbats? "Public police officers helping those God-loving people?!? Separation of church and state!" But wouldn't this be a great thing? Would be just like a tight-nit community to have this.
Stephen Raymond January 29, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Its a public safety matter and sadly when you address these things you come off sounding like a crank or a do-gooder. The accidents/incidents I've seen right here over the years, including this one last sunday, have been incredible. My neighbors fence is made of 4x4 inch concrete posts (because wood will rot he said) and a driver took out 4 of them before stopping on his lawn!! Another snapped a utility pole and rolled over!! Not to mention a fatal head-on. These are in broad daylight folks. Drivers are dangerous everywhere but in a neighborhood it becomes deadly for innocent people. I'd like to ask some of them "would you get in a plane with a pilot who flies the plane like you drive that car?" As I write this the cars (and trucks) on this part of Lowell Street (right by the church) are hitting 40 and 50 mph like its nothing.
ABC January 29, 2013 at 03:48 PM
It is time for the Peabody Police to start ticketing speeders on Lowell and Lake streets. The tickets would bring in much needed revenue for the city and save lives by forcing people to drive the speed limit. If you can't take the extra few minutes to drive the speed limit in these residential areas, then you should not be driving.
Kristin Cafarelli January 29, 2013 at 04:29 PM
i really hope the old guy pulls through, also. Haven't heard any updates. i live on the other end of Lowell, near downtown. People haul ass no matter where they are. I am all for putting rumble strips and/or speedbumps on the road 20 feet from any pedestrian crosswalk. That will slow drivers down.
Stephen Raymond January 29, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Kristin you are correct, its everywhere. People drive too fast and too aggressively. All anyone can do is consciously drive safely all the time. Give yourself extra time to get where you're going and extra space to see the road ahead. There I am sounding like a crank again but one accident is a life changer that I hope you never have to experience.
Jane Doe January 29, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Just wanted those who might be interested to know that the gentleman who was hit passed away at Mass General on Sunday evening about midnight. May he R.I.P.
John Castelluccio (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Jane, sorry to hear that. Thank you for the update.
Bob Croce January 29, 2013 at 09:08 PM
So sorry to hear. Our prayers are with his family. It's unfortunate that it might take a tragedy like this for people to realize that's a dangerous spot when mass lets out. I'm going to guess that the Peabody Police Department is looking into ways to make it safer.
Stephen Raymond January 29, 2013 at 09:31 PM
What terrible news. Very very saddened to hear this news. May he rest in peace. My heart goes out to the family of the deceased and to the driver as well.
J January 30, 2013 at 01:31 PM
I never even thought about speed bumps, I was thinking pedestrian controlled red lights, but speed bumps are a cheaper more realistic idea. You should pitch that idea to the city, it's a great idea. One on each side of the road right before a crosswalk would be perfect.
Mary White January 31, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. It is with sadness that i am giving you the update on Theodore "Ted" Buttner. Ted passed away the same night he was hit by the car. The arrangements we have here at Saint Joseph's Church in Sommerville are these. Ted will be waked today at Brown - Flaherty Funeral Home, 261 Washington Street, Somerville, MA . The visiting hours are 4:00 PM to 8:00 Pm and the Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM at Saint Joseph's Church across from the Funeral home. Ted will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetary, Everett, MA. Ted was a WWII Veteran and served in the United States Navy God Bless you all for your thoughts and prayers
Bob Croce February 01, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Just to let people know that, in an effort to make sure this horrible tragedy doesn't happen to someone else, there's a special meeting at City Hall on Feb. 12th to talk about safety in front of the church. The details are in this post: http://bit.ly/11d6fUz
Stephen Raymond February 02, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Mr. Croce, I feel that you should remove the link to your politically motivated blog article. The rest of your post is fine.


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