June 30, 2009 – Francis Blomerth, 84 years old from Medford, Massachusetts suffered serious personal injuries in a car accident while he was crossing Main Street as a pedestrian in downtown Melrose Sunday morning. Blomerth was hit by a car driven by 86 year old Virginia Nelson, of Malden. Blomerth remains in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has revoked Nelson’s operator’s license, but has yet to cite her for any violations related to the accident. According to the Registry, Nelson has a clean driving record, but nonetheless revoked her license in reliance on the official report from the accident.
Both the Melrose Police and the Massachusetts State Police are investigating the accident. However, Blomerth appeared to be in a crosswalk when he was struck and there were no skid marks at the point of impact.
This is the third incident in the last few weeks involving a pedestrian struck by an elderly person. The most chilling was a few weeks ago when an 86 year old woman hit and killed 4 year old Diya Patel in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Also, last week, a vehicle struck and injured 83 year old Adilino Monteiro while he was crossing North Montello Street in Brockton, Massachusetts.
A hearing was to take place today on Beacon Hill, considering a bill sponsored by State Senator, Brian Joyce, which would seek madatory visual and driving tests for drivers 85 and older.