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Nurse killed after being hit by car in Brighton near St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

BOSTON — A St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center nurse was hit and killed feet from the hospital E-R Wednesday morning. It happened around 6 a.m. and Boston police say the driver did stay on the scene.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association told Boston 25 News the woman was a nurse for St. Elizabeth’s.

She was identified by the union as Ann O’Flaherty of Westwood. O’Flaherty had been a nurse since 1988, and was a native of Ireland. She is survived by her husband and three children, according to the union.

Boston Police say a silver Audi hit and killed O’Flaherty while she was crossing the street. The driver did stay on the scene. Locals say this stretch of Washington Street is very fast.

“It can be because you have cars coming from both ways and coming off the section right there they are coming from three different ways,” said Everett Mills who lives nearby.

The hospital told Boston 25 News “We are heartbroken by the news of this tragic accident and are providing support to the victim’s family and our colleagues during this very difficult time.”

Jim Long also a resident of the area said “A lot of times cars just go through here real quick and don’t slow down. Particularly when they come down the hill.”

Boston police are investigating. At one point investigators were checking the vehicle’s brakes and other safety features to see if that contributed to the crash. The Audi was registered to a nearby address.

The crash is still under investigation and no charges or citations have been announced. The hospital says it is working with Boston Police to figure out how it happened.

If you want to help Ann’s family, visit the GoFundMe here.


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