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Runner Hit by Vehicle, 'Seriously' Injured on Upper Concord Avenue

Male runner taken to Boston hospital; Belmont Police investigation ongoing with State Police. Concord Avenue currently one-way into Belmont from Mill Street.

A man running on the shoulder of upper Concord Avenue near Highland Meadow Cemetery was struck from behind and "seriously" injured by a man driving a late-model utility vehicle just before 6 p.m. Monday, June 10.

"[The victim] was lying next to the pole and there was blood everywhere," said Mike Goode, who along with Rachel Masciari, who witnessed the rescue operation taking place directly across from the Belmont Hill Club at 825 Concord Ave.

The vehicle behind police tape and the driver – a middle aged man – remained at the scene waiting for Belmont and State Police to gather information on the alleged accident. 

The victim was taken to a Boston hospital with extensive injuries, according to police communications.

"You could see he was moving as they were placing him on the backboard," said Goode, who along with Masciari are lifeguards at the club. 

The accident occurred near the opening to the Lone Tree Hill Conservation Land just as it was beginning to rain steadily and the light started to dim. The man was either running on the roadway or along a small beaten-down strip of land as the road does not have a shoulder on that section of upper Concord Avenue.

Goode said the victim was lying between an electrical pole and the stonewall that runs along the conservation land.

Goode said he heard the first person to come across the accident was an off-duty EMT who just happened to be driving by.

"She got to him very quick," said Masciari.

Goode said it took Belmont Police and Fire "about a minute" to arrive with an ambulance right behind. 

"It was amazing how fast people got here," he said.

Belmont Police initially closed Concord Avenue from Mill Road to Pleasant Street before opening the road to traffic heading towards Belmont Center.

Belmont Police officers at the scene said it is unlikely any formal report will be available until Tuesday morning. 

Return to Belmont Patch for an update on the accident Tuesday.

Voice of the people June 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Drivers just fly on that stretch of Concord Ave. That "speed bump" adjacent to the cemetery is a joke.
Art Peters June 11, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Speed is not the joggers problem on that narrow road. Runners are taking a big risk on a road that is barely wide enough for two way traffic.
nancy sarris June 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Where I drive on Concord Avenue every day, I'm always concerned about the walkers, runners AND bicycles. The road is narrow to begin with and at times it is virtually impossible to drive around multiple bicyclists who choose to ride in tandem.
Sandy June 11, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Our thoughts and prayers to that runner and his family.
Yury Kats June 12, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Franklin, any updates on the runner?
anonymous June 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I know the man that was injured personally as well as the whole story. The road may be narrow, but in this case it was 100% the drivers fault.
Tina Conlon June 17, 2013 at 08:00 AM
A driver who falls asleep behind the wheel and who allows the car to cross over to the other side of the road hitting a pedestrian is always at fault

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