(Nov.30)WORCESTER,MA — Two teenage Bhutanese girls resettled in Worcester under the far eastern US state of Massachusetts were struck by a car on Wednesday and were immediately admitted to the Umass Memorial Hospital. The medical attendants in the hospital said that they are now in stable condition. The 88-year-old driver who hit them was cited, according to Worcester police.
The accident happened at 4:43 p.m on November 25 near 179 Belmont St. when Damber Kumari Poudel and her friend, Kharga M. Karki, were crossing in a crosswalk. The driver of a 2000 Chevrolet Lumina headed east had stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake,while trying to stop the car sending the vehicle some 77 feet off the road where it struck an embankment, police said.
One of the victims, Miss Poudel returned home today while her friend Miss Karki had her leg surgery yesterday and is still being treated in the hospital, according to the family source.
Accident reconstruction specialists plan a complete inspection of the car and the driver was cited for failure to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. The driver and a passenger in his car were uninjured.
(Based on the information sent by Sahid M. Pasha from Massachusetts.)