Police seek snowplow driver who struck Taunton woman; Audio of 911 call released
TAUNTON, Mass. (WJAR) —
Taunton police said Wednesday that they're looking for a snowplow driver who struck a woman, seriously injuring her.
Police responded to 762 Bay St. at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a pedestrian struck.
They said fire and ambulance crews were already attending to 62-year-old Cynthia McDonald when officers arrived.
McDonald was transferred to Rhode Island Hospital, as she sustained a broken leg, broken ribs, and a punctured lung.
At last check, she was in "fair" condition in the ICU after undergoing surgery.
Her son, Brian Higgins, told NBC 10 News that his mother said the plow hit her while she was shoveling her walkway.
“She got spun around and she landed in the street,” Higgins said, adding that McDonald said the plow driver turned around, looked at her, and then fled the scene. “It's just sad somebody would do that.”
McDonald, who said the truck was yellow and about the size of a dump truck, was found in the roadway near her home by a neighbor who heard her screams for help.
In a 911 call, a woman who called authorities was talking to MacDonald as she spoke with an emergency dispatcher.
“I’m at 762 Bay Street and there’s a woman out in the street,” the caller said. “This is in Taunton. She’s across the street from my house.”
Dispatcher: Let her know we have help on the way, OK?
Caller: There's help on the way.
Dispatcher: Tell her to stay where she is, alright?
Caller: Stay right where you are, honey.
Dispatcher: Where is she hurt at?
Caller: What hurts? What hurts, honey?
Victim: My whole side.
Caller: Her whole side hurts.
Meanwhile, neighbors are stunned.
“I think it's horrible -- somebody take off and leave somebody in the street,” Sally Tillett, who lives nearby, said. “It's not right.”
France Belizaire Augustave, another neighbor, feels the same.
“It's horrible to hear for anyone, but I mean, knowing her and knowing that she's a really great lady,” she said. “She's really sweet.”
Higgins said he hopes the plow driver has a change of heart and comes forward.
“He just doesn't have (any) regard for human life,” Higgins said.
According to authorities, detectives are searching for possible witnesses and will check for outdoor cameras that might help them identify the plow operator.
Taunton police asked anyone with relevant information to call detectives at 508-821-1475.