One man is dead and two others are in the hospital, one in critical, after Natick, Massachusetts, say an elderly woman in her 80’s ran into them, while driving her white Buick through a shopping plaza.
It happened just before two pm Tuesday in front of Harbor Freight Tools in the Cloverleaf Shopping Plaza on Speen Street, directly across from the Natick Mall.
One of the victims was an armored truck worker.
“It was just a bad scene, people that were hit hard by a car and were injured,” said one eyewitness.
Employees at Direct Tire heard the crash and ran to help.
“I jumped into action as soon as I saw it, and tried to help each individual…but there was a lot of blood, a lot of chaos, I just tried to comfort the people until the Natick police and fire responded,” said Ed DeGeorge.
Doug Smith said, “The situation was so bad, you’re not sure what to do at that point.”
Following the crash, Mass State Police reconstruction teams could be seen investigating, trying to figure out what went so wrong.
Police say the elderly woman came around a corner, crashed into a curb, then crossed the shopping plaza, and hopped the sidewalk where the pedestrians were hit.
“She went airborne,” said another eyewitness.
Natick Police Chief James Hicks, says eyewitnesses reported the woman was driving at a high rate of speed, but that they’re still investigating.
There’s no word at this point if she’ll face any charges.
Police say all the victims were men.
Two were in their 70s, another in his 40’s. No names are being released. Police say of the two survivors, one was in critical condition and another was stable as of Wednesday morning.
The police chief says the driver was “distraught” when she was brought to the hospital.
Police say there was no structural damage the building, despite the car having crashed into it, and becoming wedged next to it.