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Teen Struck by Vehicle in Serious Condition

The 16-year-old girl was transferred from Salem to Mass General Hospital.

At the scene of the accident. Credit: Terry Date
At the scene of the accident. Credit: Terry Date
A 16-year-old Marblehead girl who was struck by a vehicle Thursday, Jan. 16, at Spring and Sewall streets was listed in serious condition Saturday mid-day.

Isis Elston was walking about 5:20 p.m when she was struck by the vehicle, police said.

The teen was placed on a backboard and transported to Salem Hospital, according fire and police.

The patient was later transferred to Mass General Hospital.

Police on the scene said the injured girl was conscious and alert after she was struck.

Police cordoned off a section of Sewall Street by the Spring Street intersection.
A commercial pick-up truck remained within the cordoned area. 

State police were called to the scene to perform a skid test, a Marblehead police log entry states.

No information is available yet on who was driving vehicle that struck the teen or whether the driver will be cited.

Marblehead detectives worked the scene, their investigation including taking photographs and talking with individuals.

The intersection of Spring and Sewall streets is a block away from Pleasant Street.


FAKE NAME # 347 January 19, 2014 at 12:41 AM
I'm sorry but everybody knows who was driving First thing it's written on his truck 68 % of everybody in town knows who he is he is a good upstanding guy and like us all who care we are all praying for the girl to recover soon .....
Merry Christmas January 19, 2014 at 01:52 AM
accidents and pedestrians and bad spots are common in m head. is there weren't so many stop signs and lights people wouldn't feel so pressured. plus if our laws were like new yorks pedestrians would be held responsible.
Michelle Jones Brown January 19, 2014 at 11:56 AM
As a new resident of Marblehead, I have observed that people are driving way too fast on narrow, curvy roads with limited visibility. I have nearly been hit several times by people whipping around the corner from Norman Street on to Pond Street by Redd's Pond. I have seen a strong police presence at the school this week after a man was spotted with a knife, but didn't even look at the kids, yet no one is going after speeders. I am guilty of driving fast when conditions warrant it, but a little common sense on our narrow roads would go a long way.
Sharon Thibodeau January 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM
I was crossing at that same crosswalk in June in the middle of the day with my two grandchildren and was almost hit - and I was already in the crosswalk. Cars/trucks come flying down Elm St. thru that intersection and right thru the crosswalk even if someone is in it. I reported it to police and added that the crosswalk needed to be re-painted to be more visible and parking needs to be eliminated just prior to the crosswalk. No change as of yet so it's no surprise that a serious accident has happened. It seems that unless someone is seriously injured or killed, traffic enforcement is absent. It's time for a stop sign on Elm before Spring St.
Patricia Palm Mcculley January 19, 2014 at 06:39 PM
Im glad "we" all know who he is good guy or not as an adult we all have responsibilities when we take our vehicles out and drive them. With weather not being too good we have even more of a responsibility to drive slow and take extra precautions. Being a good guy has nothing to do with taking that extra step to ensure the safety of not only yourself but for others. A stop sign would definitely be a good start just before the cross walk there on Elm.
Sandy Cross January 19, 2014 at 09:31 PM
Pedestrians in crosswalks have always been fair game. We need to assign our police to places other than the Atlantic Avenue speed trap. They do a good job but have not been assigned in places I think are potential problem areas. I fully agree that our crosswalks need to be repainted as you can't always see that they are there. That doesn't excuse a driver for not deferring to a pedestrian or for a pedestrian for not being aware of their surroundings. I know neither of the people involved. I just hope everyone is ok and this never happens again.
MHH101 January 20, 2014 at 09:24 AM
During the last 6 months, while in the same crosswalk, I was nearly hit twice. Once by a vehicle coming down Elm, proceeding down Sewall and by a vehicle blowing through the stop sign at Sewall. After numerous cross walk complaints and accidents, last Summer, the Police Chief, announced 'Operation Stop Sign / Cross Walk) last summer. Per the department's Face Book page, although there were more with more than 30 violating motorists stopped, only one such operation has occurred. It's no wonder stop signs, speed limits etc. remain only a suggestion, not a requirement.
Rachel Silva Rowe January 20, 2014 at 02:52 PM
I hope the teen has an easy recovery and is home soon. As a resident of Sewall St, my daughters and I have almost been hit several times at the Sewall/Spring crosswalk and the Sewall/School crosswalk. I, too, would love to see more police presence at those crosswalks, plus more lights and reprinting of lines. Let's try not to have another accident, and everyone drive more carefully.
Colt Rivers January 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM
"SLOW DOWN FOR "ISIS" AND ALL OUR KIDS" "Isis" is a good friend of my daughters, and we are all thinking of her and wish her a speedy recovery. I have seen so many drivers in Marblehead just blow right thru stop signs and crosswalks without looking, its crazy and makes me so angry. The cross walks in this town are long over due for new paint, the kind that shines in the dark when headlights are on. This is why i always drive my kids to school or anywhere they need to go in this town, especially at night. The worst crosswalk in Marblehead is the one on "Pleasant Street" the one that comes off the tracks by the Fire Station, the one that leads to Bell School, the one where that lovely young teenage girl "Allie" Castner" was struck and killed in 2009, remember "SLOW DOWN FOR ALLIE". And also another person was struck at that same cross walk just a month or so ago, i was there right after it happen, and saw the poor person laying in the road. I also had a good friend of mine get hit there years ago and he has had to live his life with a steel rod in his leg that still causes him pain, i was also there when that happen too. That crosswalk has been and still is very dangerous to cross, why in the world has the town not put up a cross walk light up there is unbelievably stupid and irresponsible, someone will be hit there again at some point, there is no excuse for that cross walk to not of had a set of lights put up, and it should have been done back in 2009 and dedicated to "ALLIE". How many other people are going to get hurt or killed there before they do the right thing and put a cross walk light there, or at least a set of blinking yellow lights that cross over the cross walk, do something for crying out loud. I know if my kid ever gets hurt or killed at that cross walk i will make dam sure that the town of Marblehead hears me load and clear.
Sharon Thibodeau January 21, 2014 at 01:54 PM
Pedestrians have the right of way in a crosswalk and the driver of a vehicle in any crosswalk accident is at fault, not innocent. It is the driver's responsibility to slow down/stop since the pedestrian is at the mercy of the driver/vehicle. If someone is that stressed when driving due to traffic and road signals and signs, they shouldn't be behind a wheel!!
Patricia Palm Mcculley January 21, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Yea im sure at 16 she walked across the st and figured she get herself hit by a truck so she cld get paid. MERRY CHRISTMAS you sound like you typed thay paragraph from out your ass. I hope to god you never have an accident and have to read ignorant trash being written about your child or family member. Someone shld have taught you some respect and that its self starts at homem
J.B January 21, 2014 at 05:03 PM
Come on people Merry Christmas is obviosly a troll, so don't get baited into responding to their stupid comments(that's what trolls want).
Sandy Cross January 21, 2014 at 05:27 PM
There is no need to be nasty. It is a sad day in Marblehead when this happens. We need to find a way to make this better and never happen again. What can we do to improve intersections and crosswalks? What can we do for families that are impacted by this? We are all Marbleheaders and need to help each other. Drop the negativity, get off your butt and DO SOMETHING that makes a positive difference.
J.B January 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM
Sandy, I wasn't being nasty and sorry if you thought that, but troll means "One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a news group or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument(urban dictionary) that's why there is the expression "don't feed the trolls" used nowadays.
Sandy Cross January 22, 2014 at 10:25 AM
JB....you weren't the one I was directing my comments to. I agree with you and you have been nothing but rational and reasonable in your comments. Merry Christmas obviously has a problem and can't be a nice person. No matter whose fault it was, this girl was severely injured. There was another posting somewhere about another person falling in the same area and a moron driving drove AROUND HER. There is a definite problem with that intersection and no matter who was at fault in that accident, two lives have been changed forever and the intersection needs to be reworked and improved.
Merry Christmas January 22, 2014 at 11:49 PM
Its free speech my opinion you have no right to attack me. attack a politician or a celebrity. yes crossing a street is responsibility not a right . I never said anything about the driver or pedestrian. you conjured up your own idea about what I wrote. freee speech is what we are all here for.
Sandy Cross January 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM
Crossing streets in Marblehead including crosswalks is always a scary situation. Many drivers do not pay attention and you are correct, they are on their cellphones. The only way to make this better is to band together to make the powers that be more aware of the situation so they will have a solution so we all aren't sitting ducks. I personally love it when I cross at a street light (in a crosswalk) that has given me the cue to cross and someone goes breezing through the red light. Infuriated when they waive at me......I understand what you are saying but we have to find a solution to this. It is inexcusable.
Patricia Palm Mcculley January 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM
This was my daughter that was struck by that truck and it is hurtful to read tht someone wld even insinuate that she purposely got herself hit. Like really what world do ppl come or what kind of company do ppl keep to think tht someone a young teen girl at tht wld put their self in harms way to collect anything. So hurtful, vulgar and just out righr uncalled for. Freedom of speech...yay but some thoughts are better kept with in, especially when they can be hurtful to a family thats going thru a traumatic experience. Carry on tho wit the negativity if those are the type of things that make you feel better. :)
Sandy Cross January 28, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Ms McCully: Please ignore those who say negative things. We all know that Isis didn't do this on purpose and we only wish her a quick recovery. It is obvious how difficult it is for your family and the rest of us want you to know how sorry we are this ever happened. We also wish there was something we could do to make it better.
Patricia Palm Mcculley January 28, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Thank you Sandy that means alot. Im happy that I am strong enough to say what I have to say and everybody knows it because I am not afraid to use my full name as my username. I dont need to hide behind an alias to exercise my freedom of speech!
Sandy Cross January 28, 2014 at 06:00 PM
You are a class act. Sandy Cross is my real name as well.
J.B January 30, 2014 at 12:31 AM
Patricia Palm Mcculley- My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter and family. I'm wishing for a full and speedy recovery for her.
Patricia Palm Mcculley February 02, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Yes I can thats your name as to why you thought I was refering to you not sure but your name isbas clear as day as mine is. Unbelievable how somethings are interpreted. #classact..
Sandy Cross February 02, 2014 at 09:22 AM
Is it possible to give us an update on Isis' progress?
Colt Rivers February 02, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Yes, Patricia, we would love to hear an update about how Isis is feeling, and progressing. There are alot of people thinking about her and hope she is getting better.

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