• East Boston woman injured days before annual Columbus Day parade

    By: Erica Ricci


    EAST BOSTON, Mass. -  A well-known East Boston woman was injured in a hit-and-run Friday afternoon, and it's affecting a 10-year tradition. 

    Seventy-seven-year-old Sabina Taylor was hit at Paris and Grove streets, and the driver left. Most of East Boston knows Taylor as Queen Isabella. For 10 years, Taylor has reprised the role of Queen Isabella in the city's Columbus Day Parade.

    "She's in a velvet gown and a tiara and sits on top of a boat and waves…and people throw her accolades. She loves it, she loves it,” her son, John, told FOX25. 

    She takes her role very seriously, sitting on the Santa Maria float next to Christopher Columbus.

    But after Friday’s crash, it looks likes she won’t be on her throne this year.

    "I told her this year, when are you going to abdicate? She said 'never, I'm going to die on the throne.' I think those words were a little prophetic in a way,” John said.

    Her son told FOX25 she suffered a bad bruise on her forehead along with a broken leg.

    "She thinks she's going to be in the parade, but she's not going to be in the parade,” John told FOX25.

    The family has started a GoFundMe to help with medical expenses.  


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