FRAMINGHAM – An Edgell Road woman was hit by a car and badly hurt this afternoon after going across the street to shop at the Framingham Farmers Market.
Nurses with the Framingham Medical Reserve Corps, vendors and patrons at the market rushed to aid 36-year-old Aimee Johnston, a market regular, after she was hit by a Honda Accord just before 1:30 p.m. She was not in a crosswalk as she crossed Edgell Road, headed back to her apartment.
Johnston was taken by ambulance to the state police barracks on Rte. 9 and then flown by medical helicopter to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Police said she was listed there in stable condition.
The driver of the car, James Mannion, of Fenwick Street in Framingham, who is in his 80s, police said, was taken to the hospital by ambulance to be checked out.
“I couldn’t be any sadder or sicker than I am right now,” farmers market manager Jacqueline Meninno said. “I pray for both of them.”
Police said they have not issued any citations as the crash is still under investigation.
The crash closed Edgell Road for several hours on both sides of the common, at Oak and Vernon streets.
The state police crash reconstruction team came out to reenact the accident, and the team is helping investigate.
The impact of the crash knocked Johnston out of her sneakers. She slammed into the Accord’s windshield, leaving a large dent, before falling into the street.
“I don’t remember him going very fast, and I remember her hitting the car very hard,” said witness Kelly Drummy, a registered nurse interning with the Board of Health.
She was with members of the Framingham Medical Reserves Corps, who were taking blood pressure readings at a community outreach tent at the market.
“She got first aid right away,” said volunteer Norma Robinshaw, a retired E.R. nurse, who monitored Johnston’s pulse and breathing.
“She could tell us her name after a while,” Robinshaw said. “She said, ‘What happened?’”
Johnston’s roommate, Susan McNitt, said they were at the market together, one of their favorite things to do. McNitt then left to go back home.
“She said, ‘Oh, I’m going to get some ravioli,’” McNitt said.
McNitt collected her roommate’s sneakers and called to notify Johnston’s family.
“She is a breast cancer survivor, so she is a tough broad in the best sense of the word,” McNitt said.People ran to help after the crash, detouring traffic, trying to stem Johnston’s bleeding and comforting Mannion.
“I’m in a little bit of shock,” Drummy said.
She said she thought there was a car parked along Edgell Road where there are not any marked spaces that may have obstructed the view.
Police spokesman Lt. Ron Brandolini said he did not have any information about how the crash occurred.
Millie Smith came running out of her home at 63 Edgell Road.
“There’s a very distinctive thump when you hear it,” Smith said, and instinctively you know, “Oh God, somebody’s been hit. And they were.”
Smith called Johnston “a lovely girl” and a great neighbor, who often walks dogs.
Robinshaw said Johnston had a head injury and may have broken both legs.
“Fortunately there were nurses here,” she said.
The crash left everyone at the market shaken.
“You take your life in your hands crossing the street, somebody just said to me,” Robinshaw said.