Boston Herald

Mayor’s cruiser crash under investigat­ion

- By Gayla Cawley and Joe Battenfeld

Mayor Michelle Wu said she’s a little sore after the unmarked police cruiser she was in crashed as it went through a red light with its sirens on Tuesday morning.

“There’s a review that happens,” she said when peppered on why the car’s blue lights and siren were on crossing the intersecti­on against a red light. She did say they were heading to “an engagement at the Copley Library.” She never made it.

“It happened pretty fast,” she said yesterday. “I was on my phone and not really seeing what was happening as the blue lights were on at that intersecti­on.”

Wu said she was unfamiliar about what the policy was regarding when police lights and sirens should be deployed and did not answer questions when asked directly if their use in this particular situation was appropriat­e.

The mayor did say, however, that the situation wasn’t an emergency.

The two-car crash occurred on Hyde Park Avenue at 9:50 a.m., police said.

Wu praised police, including one working a detail nearby, and EMTs who rushed to help all involved — including passengers in the other vehicle in the crash.

An incident report released on Wednesday morning didn’t identify the mayor by name, listing her only as a “passenger who is known to the Commonweal­th.”

In the police report, the officer driving the mayor, Keyanna Smith, wrote that their unmarked cruiser was heading down Blakemore Street, and approachin­g Hyde Park Avenue, with its “lights and sirens activated.”

The officer stopped their car at a red light, and then “slowly approached the intersecti­on to ensure that the oncoming traffic traveling outbound on Hyde Park Avenue” was able to “see and hear” the cruiser entering the intersecti­on, the report stated.

The first lane of traffic “observed the cruiser’s lights and sirens and came to a complete stop,” but a car traveling down the second lane did not as the officer’s car was crossing through the intersecti­on,” the report stated,

The black SUV, driven by a woman with her young son in the backseat, “collided into the driver’s side of the cruiser,” according to the report.

The report further states that the officer could not avoid the crash due to the “fast approach of the other vehicle,” which “did not stop or slow down for the cruiser’s lights and sirens.”

Wu stated that she felt a “minor pain to the right side of her body,” but declined medical attention at the scene. She was planning to potentiall­y seek treatment at a later time, the report stated,

The woman driving the other car and her young son were taken by ambulance to a hospital. The woman had initially declined treatment, stating that they were both “alright,” the report stated.

The officer driving the mayor “felt pains to the left side of the body,” and was also taken to the hospital for treatment, according to the report.

A video obtained by Boston25 shows the police car driving the mayor was flashing its blue emergency lights when it was T-boned in an intersecti­on by an oncoming vehicle that had a green light.

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