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SUV Hits 13-year-old Girl, Fractures Leg

A 13-year-old was hit by an SUV on Pearl Street Monday and has a fractured leg.

A young teen girl who was wearing headphones ran into the path of a moving SUV Monday, striking the right side of the vehicle, according to Milford Police.

The impact fractured the 13-year-old's femur, said Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin. The girl was conscious and alert following the collision, and was taken to Milford Regional Medical Center.

The crash happened in front of St. Mary's Rectory on Pearl Street, about 2:20 p.m.

The driver stopped following the crash, which was witnessed by several other people, who were interviewed by police. The driver told police he initially saw the girl running on the sidewalk, and she then turned to the left and ran directly into his vehicle, O'Loughlin said.

The driver, Francisco Castro, 39, of 48 S. Bow St., is charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He is not being charged in the crash itself.

KD's January 15, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Seems so many people in this town drive unlicensed. Almost everyday in the police log there is one or more being charged, and those are the ones getting caught. What the heck is going on ??
Andie January 15, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Some people think the rules don't apply to them. But I don't know why he wasn't charged with the crash himself. The girl may have run out in front of him before he could stop but he shouldn't of been on the road to begin with w/o a license.
BC January 15, 2013 at 05:22 PM
I find it very strange that the Milford Daily News would not cover this story. (that I noticed any way) Probably because they don't want word to get out that it was an unlicensed driver which could possibly mean another illegal alien. The paper is left wing BS so I could see them covering this incident up.
Maureen Maloney January 15, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Thankfully this girl was not killed. There are many people that have a blantant disregard for the law. The lax enforcement and pentalties are not enough of a deterrent. It is the same way with drunk drivers. Then bottom line is this person should be cited for driving without a license (hopefully they were and the article didn't mention it) if not, they should be cited ASAP, and unless we the citizens of Milford and Ma make our voices heard nothing will change. There are hundreds of unlicensed drivers on the roads of Milford each day putting you and your family in harms way. This is a signicant public safety issue and unfortunately despite many politicans publically stating they support stricter enforcement nothing has changed. The roads are getting more and more dangerous as more illegal immigrants pour into Milford.
Lisa Legere January 16, 2013 at 02:57 PM
I would just like to state that illegal immigrants are not the only people driving around without a license. Also the area where the girl got hit, is very busy with alot of kids after school just walking into the street without even looking. Illegal immigrant or not he did the right thing and stopped, and I'm sure as a 39 year old man, he's shaken up by the fact that a young girl broke leg.
Dexter Michelle January 16, 2013 at 06:04 PM
I have to agree with you...I too am of course, glad no one was seriously injured; and if this article is accurate; wearing headphones and not watching where she was going; that would be proximate cause of this accident; because even if this unlicensed driver was not on the road; I am guessing that in this specific accident, doing what she was doing, she'd eventually have run right into some other car or truck due to her total lack of awareness...and to Maureen M, the article does clearly state that he was charged for being unlicensed...I guess there could be a few diff reasons for being unlicensed, including as simple as forgetting to get your license renewed. It's sad that so many jump to the worst conclusion right away based on the person's name; all thanks to the obvious and documented illegal immigrant situation the Milford area finds itself in. Had it been discovered at the scene that the the driver was found to be here illegally, I'd like to think the article would have ended with confirming his arrest. I wonder ...just what are the penalties for being (a legal citizen) caught while driving without a valid license?
Dan January 16, 2013 at 07:37 PM
This article is full of inaccurate details, and is based on what I believe was the drivers account of things. Considering he was found to be operating without a license, I'd say his take on things is a little less than accurate. For one thing anyone who knows this girl...she doesn't "run" anywhere. Her massive book bag wouldn't even allow her to break into a sprint. She was behind a group of her friends who were just getting off the road on the other side of the street. If he had seen her "running on the sidewalk" then that would mean her friends were in the road. Meaning he should have been stopped. Yes, she had headphones...not blinders. She knows to look both ways, and always walks with a group. This is a known route the kids take when leaving the school to go to Stacy or the town library for after school activities. There is no crossing guard there in the afternoon, only in the a.m. This is a school district. Which means any responsible driver PAYS ATTENTION to their surroundings. He may have done the honest thing by stopping. But the legal thing would have been not to have been behind the wheel in the first place. As far a feeling bad. Well, he never said a word to her. Her friends came over. One wrapped a coat around her, while another called 911 and stayed and comforted her until help arrived. This isn't about race or nationality. In Ma. pedestrians have the right of way and it's against the law to drive without a license
Mary MacDonald (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Hi Dan, The article was based on a phone interview with the Milford Police chief, and his account was based on the interviews (plural) with witnesses to the crash, as well as the driver of the vehicle, who stopped and spoke to police. Witnesses were interviewed in three vehicles. A woman coming the other way, two cars behind the vehicle in the story. I'm sorry I didn't include this information in the initial report, I guess I didn't feel this level of detail was necessary. I struggled with how to write this story, as the girl ran into the car, according to what police told me.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 01:07 AM
I would also point out that a few months ago, a boy was struck by a driver on Spruce Street, and the driver in that car was not cited in the crash, as he came out in front of the vehicle. If there is some discrepancy in witness accounts here, perhaps you should contact the police.
Cee Cee Ryder January 17, 2013 at 08:15 AM
Shame, shame... First it is not safe to be on the road without a license and second drivers are to yield for pedestrians and slow down in school zones. Shame shame at the Milford police force
KD's January 18, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Are you all kidding me that the child could be at fault. Regardless of the earbuds, which I am not a fan of. That area EVERY day at school dismissal time is so heavily populated with kids. If turning onto Pearl street from Main it is so obvious that there are so many children. Had the "unlicesend" driver been aware of his surroundings even if the girl turned towards his vehicle he should have been going so slow that there would not have had impact enough to do damage. He should be charged for hitting her beacuse HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DRIVING to begin with !!!!!!!!!!!!! There is a crossing guard there in the morning WHY is there not one in the afternoon when all are dismissed at the same time opposed to in the morning when they arrive in dribs and drabs ???
Myd Nevins January 18, 2013 at 04:05 AM
1. The article says nothing about the girl using a crosswalk. Unless you shut down the road for the afternoon or line the sidewalks with jersey barriers, there will always be a chance a kid blindly runs out into traffic. Or we can teach kids to pay attention to their surroundings. 2. Even at a school zone speed at 20 MPH, an SUV can cause damage and broken bones. 3. The article says the girl struck the right side of the vehicle and not the front. This says, to me at least, that the front of the vehicle and the driver's focus was already past her and possibly watching out for kids ahead of the girl. Mary's expanding comments added other things the driver had to be aware such as cars behind him and oncoming traffic. Thats alot to watch in a situation that played out in a matter of seconds. 4. The distance between the sidewalk and traffic isn't much. I'm not a sprinter by any means and even a slow guy my size and age would get hit by a car if I randomly ran into the road at the last second even with cars going 20 MPH. The point is... Things happen. Glad the girl wasn't seriously hurt but still things happen.
david heroux May 17, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Yes not the only ones, but they are the majority. Work on the bigger problems first and remeber who is getting free Masshealth at Milford Hospital, rental assistance, childcare while we all pay for them!
david heroux May 17, 2013 at 02:57 PM
leagl driving without license = 75 fine plus loss of drivers points for 6 yers = ttoal = $1,200
david heroux May 17, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Every illegal immigrant I know including the very nice house cleaners have incredible houses in Brazil etc. They get your cahs or cash your checks for 1% fee, no SSN or TIN # needed, completely not traceable. They have free Masshealth, childcare etc. Make $150 a house, clean 4 a day 5 to 6 days a week. Do the math. Your kids will wait behind their kids in the Milford ER and you will pay for them to have kids, pay for WIC etc. Its not just about driving without a license.

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