At approximately 8:30PM on Monday August 26th, in response to several 911 calls, Braintree Police officers responded to the Union Street Rotary. The 911 callers were reporting a female, hiding behind the guardrail and rolling around in the rotary. When officers arrived they observed a barefooted woman lying on the southbound side of the rotary, approximately 75 yards from the Route 3 South on ramp. An ambulance was immediately requested and the victim was transported to South Shore Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased at 9:05PM. The woman was later identified as 52 year-old Lydia Drew of Cohasset. The operator of the motor vehicle that struck the victim, a 51 year old Pembroke man reported to investigating officers that he had just left the MBTA parking garage and was getting ready to merge with rotary traffic when he felt his truck “run over something”. The operator exited his motor vehicle and observed that he had struck a person. There did not appear to be any damage to his vehicle. He stated that he did not see the victim prior to exiting his motor vehicle. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this accident and at this time the operator has not been cited for any motor vehicle violations.
At 5:12PM a broadcast to area departments was issued by another South Shore Police Department after the victim, against medical advice, left a health care facility where she was being treated after allegedly making threats to harm herself. This accident remains under investigation.