323 Washington St, Dorchester

On January 13th, 2016, Queshon Ivy, age 43, was hit and killed while attempting to cross Washington Street to begin his first day of work at a construction site. A witness said the “school van did not even give the ‘guy a chance’ to slow down and just hit the guy.” The van driver, Melissa L. Benedict, 34, faces charges of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation and leaving the scene of personal injury and death. The Vision Zero Task Force visited the crash location on January 25th to make recommendations for any short and long term changes to the area that could improve safety.

Date of Crash
1/13/2016, 8:00AM 

Date of Site Visit 

323 Washington Street, Dorchester

News coverage 
WHDH - "Arrest made in connection with fatal Dorchester hit-and-run"
Boston Globe - "Van driver arraigned in hit-and-run death of pedestrian"

Present at Site Visit
Boston Transportation Department - Planning 
Boston Police Department 
Boston Public Health Commission 
Toole Design Group 

Photos from Site Visit 
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  • Larger picture, look at process for inspecting pedestrian access & ADA compliance at/around construction sites. Is it ever checked after initial permitting? Pedestrian access along Washington Street from the MBTA bus stop directed people walking into the street w/ little to no protection from moving vehicles.

Improvements Completed 
As of 6/9, no changes have been made. Please send us photos/comments when you see changes so this page remains accurate.