LOWELL — An unidentified male pedestrian was killed late Wednesday night when he was struck while crossing Westford Street by a car that sped away at a high rate of speed with much of its windshield smashed out, according to a witness.
Police were called to the area in front of 585 Westford St., near Marlborough Street, at 10:51 p.m., when they received multiple 911 calls reporting a pedestrian was struck and still down in the street.
The first officers to arrive at the scene quickly reported that the incident was a hit-and-run, asked that Trinity EMS to hurry to the scene, and broadcast the license plate of a car witnesses saw leaving the area.
Police were searching for that car, a blue Volkswagen hatchback with Massachusetts license plate 537TY6, almost immediately after the crash occurred. Police have already identified who owns the car via the car’s registration.
A 19-year-old Lowell woman, who asked that her name be withheld, said she was walking home from work on Westford Street when she heard the sound of a speeding car and looked since it made her nervous.
“I saw this car just speed off with its front end totally smashed,” she said. “It was totally smashed. You could tell it just hit someone.”
That woman said much of the car’s windshield was destroyed, though she was unable to make out the make or model of the car on her own.
She feared the smashed windshield meant the car had just struck someone, but didn’t realize she was right until she walked a bit farther and came upon the scene of the crash.
“When I walked by I saw the body on the ground and I was like, ‘oh my God, that really did happen,'” she said.
Police could not immediately comment.
The Lowell Police Traffic Unit will reconstruct the crash, so Westford Street was expected to be closed between Marlborough and Belmont streets until early Thursday morning.
Anyone with information is asked to call Lowell police at 978-937-3200 or Crimestoppers at 978-459-TIPS (8477).
Tipsters can remain anonymous, but can receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
Source: Lowell Sun