January 25, 2021

Woman struck by stolen vehicle suffers life-threatening injuries at Boston Public Garden, police say

A woman walking around the Boston Public Garden suffered life-threatening injuries in a car crash on Thursday, and police are searching for the driver who took off running from the stolen pickup truck that hit her.



a statue of a person: BOSTON, MA: October 1, 2020: First Responders at the scene of a serious pedestrian accident on Charles and Boylston Streets in Boston, Massachusetts.(Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON, MA: October 1, 2020: First Responders at the scene of a serious pedestrian accident on Charles and Boylston Streets in Boston, Massachusetts.(Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Police said the call came in at 4:22 p.m. for reports of a person struck at the corner of Boylston and Charles streets. The woman who was hit suffered life-threatening injuries, police said, and authorities were making “full notifications,” which is done when someone either has died or might die — though she was still fighting for her life two hours later in a local hospital.

Witness Antonio Avanti was waiting for the light on Boylston when he heard

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Woman struck by vehicle suffers life-threatening injuries at Boston Public Garden

A woman walking around the Boston Public Garden suffered life-threatening injuries in a car crash on Thursday, according to police and a witness.



a group of people on a sidewalk: BOSTON, MA — OCT. 1: Police investigate a crash with serious injuries at the corner of Boylston and Charles streets in Boston. (Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON, MA — OCT. 1: Police investigate a crash with serious injuries at the corner of Boylston and Charles streets in Boston. (Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Police said the call came in at 4:22 p.m. for reports of a person struck at the corner of Boylston and Charles streets. The individual who was hit suffered life-threatening injuries, and authorities were making “full notifications,” which is done when someone either has died or might die.

Witness Antonio Avanti was waiting for the light on Boylston when he heard the crash and then saw smoke. He told the Herald he jumped out of his car and saw what appeared to be a young woman lying on the ground.

The car

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Car rental service Kyte, launching in Boston, delivers the car to your door

Esteban Yepez was planning a late summer road trip when he found himself frustrated by the number of people he would have to interact with in order to get away.



a group of people riding on the back of a car: Gabe Nudel, a "Kyte Surfer" is pictured as he gives the keys to a rental car to Elissa Garza on Union Park in the South End.


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Gabe Nudel, a “Kyte Surfer” is pictured as he gives the keys to a rental car to Elissa Garza on Union Park in the South End.

Yepez doesn’t own a car, and during the pandemic he’s become far more hesitant about renting one. The idea of hopping on a train or calling a ride-hailing service to get to Logan airport, and then waiting in line at the rental desk just seemed risky, he thought, with too many ways of being exposed to COVID-19.

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“We’re already doing our best to stay away from people,” he said of himself and his husband, who were planning a trip to Lincoln, N.H.

So when he stumbled across a

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