Still few answers in Rt. 18 pedestrian death

It’s been a week since a Boston woman was struck by a pickup truck and killed while walking in Rt. 18, and investigators still don’t have much to say about it. 

Marissa Voller, 35, was in the left travel lane on Route 18 when she was hit by around 7 p.m., according to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office. She was brought to South Shore Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

“This incident remains under investigation,” said a spokeswoman for Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz.

The night was misty and the driver stopped immediately and stayed at the scene. He has not been charged in the accident, the spokesman said.

Abington Police Chief David Del Papa said the accident happened on the 1500 block of Route 18, which is the stretch of highway north just prior to the Weymouth town line. He said he had no other details as the district attorney’s office was investigating the case.

It is not known why Voller was in the middle of the roadway, why she was in the area, or where she had been immediately before the accident. 

The night before the accident, town officials commented on the increased speeds vehicles travel along the recently widened road. 

“They are flying up 18,” Fire Chief John Nuttal told the Board of Selectmen the night before the accident, adding he was surprised one of the town’s emergency response vehicles hadn’t been hit yet.

“They’re definitely going faster,” Selectman Alex Bezanson said in agreement.


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