Concerns About Pedestrian Safety After Cambridge Woman's Death

One day after an accident at a busy intersection left a woman dead, several residents and a lobbying group expressed concerns over pedestrian safety.

A woman in her 20s died Friday night after being run over by a dump truck, Cambridge police said.

The accident happened at the corner of Magazine Street and Putnam Avenue, not far from three other deadly accidents involving pedestrians in the past few years.

“I just find it heartbreaking that people are being killed,” said Cambridge resident Sue Reinert. “A lot of people don’t pay attention to what’s going on around them.”

In September, Romelia Gallardo, 80, was killed in a hit-and-run outside her Erie Street apartment complex, which is two blocks away from Magazine Street and Putnam Avenue.

In June 2016, Amanda Phillips, 27, died while riding a bicycle in Inman Square. She collided with a landscaping truck.

In March 2015, Marcia Deihl, 65, died after she was struck by a container truck while riding a bicycle near the Whole Foods on Putnam Avenue.

“The city’s not moving nearly fast enough on these issues,” said George Schnedloch of Cambridge Bicycle Safety, a grassroots lobbying group. “There are certain things that the city can do to the road itself that’ll make the streets safer for everyone, which reduce the current speed of cars, which will prevent future fatalities.”

Cambridge city officials didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Authorities still haven’t identified the woman who was killed Friday night.

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