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Mass. Ave. Accident Injures MIT Student

By Stacey E. Blau
Editor in Chief

Joseph A. Croswell '99 was released from Massachusetts General Hospital Wednesday where he had remained for several days to recover from injuries he sustained from a motorcycle accident Saturday on Massachusetts Avenue.

Croswell suffered serious injuries to his neck, chest, and right hand, including a compound fracture to his collar bone, a broken rib on his right side, and a torn tendon in his right hand, Croswell said. He underwent surgery following the accident to repair the broken collar bone and had pins placed in his rib and hand.

Croswell, who lives at Phi Sigma Kappa, was headed home south on Massachusetts Avenue at about 1:05 p.m. Saturday afternoon after a review session. He was traveling toward the Harvard Bridge when a car making a left turn onto Amherst Alley hit him.

"I remember someone making a left turn, and I remember thinking I wasn't going to be able to stop," Croswell said.

"I'm not entirely sure of what happened in the accident," he said. "I have a very limited memory of it."

Croswell was lying in the middle of the road when Campus Police arrived to administer first aid, said Chief of Police Glavin said. Because of the serious nature of Croswell's injuries, officers called in a paramedic unit which in turn transported him to MGH.

Amherst corner is a problem

The corner at Massachusetts Avenue and Amherst Alley by Ashdown House has been a continued source of problems and accidents, Glavin said.

"That's been a difficult section," Glavin said. "Sometimes you have a situation with people running lights."

The intersection falls under the jurisdiction of the Cambridge Police Department, which is currently investigating options to step up enforcement and curb problems there. "The city traffic unit is looking at it," Glavin said.

Ideas under consideration include delaying the light at the intersection when it turns from green to red to slow down cars or installing a left turn signal, said Harold Murphy, superintendent of the operations division of the Cambridge Police Department.

Stepping up traffic enforcement at that corner as well as at 77 Massachusetts Avenue is a definite necessity, Murphy said. "There are just as many violations at 77," he said. "Many pedestrians are struck there. It's a hazard."

UA Council may make suggestions

Stephanie M. Zielenski '97, Interfraternity Council representative to the Undergraduate Association Council, called Cambridge City Hall after the accident to make suggestions for stepping up safety at the intersection and may urge the UA to do the same at Monday's UA Council meeting.

"I live in Ashdown House, and people run that light all the time," Zielenski said. "That intersection is a general mess."

Zielenski suggested installing a left turn signal for the light at the intersection and increasing enforcement against people who run red lights there.

"Safety is an issue, especially in a city like this," Zielenski said. "As the UA Council, we have a responsibility. I will personally bring it to the discussion of the Council if there is a need."

"I think a left turn signal there would be a very good idea," Croswell said.