Man hit by SUV in Dracut suffers life-threatening injuries

Flown by medical helicopter to Tufts Medical Center

A damaged umbrella and a travel coffee mug sit on the curb among several yellow evidence placards at the scene of a pedestrian accident that occurred on Lakeview Avenue in Dracut on Monday night. AARON CURTIS/LOWELL SUN
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DRACUT — Police are investigating a pedestrian crash that left a man with life-threatening injuries after he was struck by an SUV in front of the Dunkin’ on Lakeview Avenue at about 6:45 p.m. Monday.

The driver of the SUV — a 77-year-old Dracut woman — stayed on scene after the crash and was cooperative with police, according to a press release issued by John Guilfoil Public Relations on behalf of the Dracut Police Department.

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the accident, the release states.

Police talked to the driver and witnesses at the scene of a pedestrian accident that took place on Lakeview Avenue in Dracut on Monday night. AARON CURTIS/LOWELL SUN

Tyler Guerriero, a 17-year-old Dracut resident who witnessed the accident, said he was ordering food in the Dunkin’ drive-thru when he heard “a loud bang.”

“Initially I thought it was a car accident,” Guerriero said. “I pulled out of the drive-thru and I saw there was a man on the ground.”

Guerriero said multiple witnesses approached the victim, who was “sprawled out in the middle of the road.” According to the press release, an off-duty police officer and off-duty firefighter who drove past the crash stopped to assist and were performing CPR on the man when first responders arrived.

Guerriero said comforted the driver of the SUV. He said the 77-year-old was shaking and appeared nervous.

“I tried to comfort her and hug her and tell her she was OK,” Guerriero said.

A Dracut police officer searches for evidence following a pedestrian accident in front of a Dunkin Donuts on Lakeview Avenue on Monday night. AARON CURTIS/LOWELL SUN

The driver declined to talk to The Sun about the incident.

Police said the victim was transported to a Lowell-area hospital before he was flown by medical helicopter to Tufts Medical Center.

After the victim was removed from the scene, police placed numbered placards in the road and on a section of grass near the roadway to mark  evidence. A damaged umbrella and a travel coffee mug sat on a curb surrounded by the 17 placards.

The black Lexus RX 350 involved in the crash was parked in the Dunkin’ parking lot and had a dent in the hood on the passenger side and damage to the front bumper.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by Dracut Police and the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.

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