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Sad day in Southie: A 3 year-old was killed at L and 6th.

A 3 year-old boy is dead after a terrible car accident in South Boston. A collision between multiple vehicles at the intersection of L and E. Sixth streets caused one car to hit two children in a stroller on Wednesday afternoon. 

It has not been confirmed, but it is believed the woman pushing the stroller with the children was on the sidewalk. A 3-year old boy was killed and his 4-year-old sister was hurt but is expected to survive.

Because it was street cleaning on L Street, there were no cars on that side of the street. Police Commissioner Bill Evans, who was on scene, believes parked cars on that side could have acted as barrier.

Mayor Marty Walsh and BPD Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross were also on scene.

The Boston police are looking for help from anyone who is in the area at the time of the accident on Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of L and Sixth. Detectives are seeking witness photos and videos taken before, during and/or after that could help with the investigation.  Anyone with images or videos is asked to email them directly to Sergeant Detective Thomas Barrett at thomas.barrett@pd.boston.gov

Images via Eileen Murphy

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Comments

  1. mplo says

    Oh, my gosh! Sorry about the death of the 3-year-old boy, and the injuries to the 4-year-old sister. Hope she survives and fully recovers. That sounds like a weirdly scary accident. My condolences go to the family and friends of the 3-year-old boy who was killed, and the sister who was injured.

  2. Jim Coveno says

    Truly sad indeed. This tragedy further indicates the complete lack of responsiveness by our elected officials. The residents of Southie have been demanding that the elected officials and City agencies do something about the traffic problems and down right dangerous conditions along L street and Broadway for years. L street has become the seemingly preferred cut through route to Seaport. 3,500 plus cars a day. The seaport waterfront sustainable transportation plan issued in 2015 has yet to be acted upon in any substantive way. As a matter of fact this study originally did not even include Southie proper. We (Southie) were added only after huge community presence at the planning sessions. Through the efforts of community activists not the elected officials. They all failed Southie when drafting the RFP for transportation studies. The BPDA total lack of planning for the Seaport is where this failure began. The BPDA has allowed virtually unregulated growth in Seaport with-out any transportation/traffic planning at all. The aforementioned study which all these officials cite was commissioned after more than 12 million sq. feet of space had already been constructed. Residents have been asking the officials to improve safety and control traffic on L street/Summer street & Broadway prior to any significant growth in Seaport. The elected officials failure to act in the interest of the South Boston Residents, is at the root of this tragedy. Shame on all of them.

    • Tim says

      I couldn’t agree more. My heart breaks for this family. I have two young daughters (5 & 6) and can’t even imagine this happening. I live on I Street by Gate of Heaven and it is becoming very similar to L Street and being used as a cut through. The traffic increase has been visible over the last year. I am of the belief that if the elected officials do not do something, we don’t vote for them. Sad that we have to demand this type of safety, but it is reality.

      • Kelly says

        I think that the officials are more around on photo ops and to show their face or be social and “seen in Southie” than actually do anything worthwhile. I have gone to so many abutters meeting where officials attended and never spoke once, even to quiet a heated crowd. This is just s very very small occurrence to the fact that the traffick patterns are not being adjusted or even faced as requested by voters. It is way more than a clique over here when this stuff is taking over.

  3. Eric Kozlowski says

    Time for Speed Bumps on the “L” Street Expressway so another tragedy like this doesn’t occur again. Thoughts and prayers for the family. The South Boston community mourns with the parents of that precious child. Time for action on “L” Street. This type of tragedy should never happen again. Time for Action.

  4. Eleanor says

    Spread the word: Everyone open a report on 311 tagging L street saying ‘Action Now’. No more studies, no more meetings. Action must be taken NOW. A child is dead.

  5. Mike says

    Cars on sidewalks are are a daily challenge at the gas station/Dunkin Donuts near B’way & L. Every day cars park on the sidewalk forcing pedestrians into the gas station bays or into the street to get past them. I’ve asked the drivers to not park on the sidewalk but have been dismissed or worse every single time.

    Enough. Let’s take our sidewalks back from commuters running in for coffee. Anyone up for an on-site protest? The time is now. Let’s not let this tragedy recede into memory without fixing a major problem nearby. Cars should not be parking on the sidewalk at the gas station/Dunkin Donuts.