Family has questions after woman struck, killed by construction vehicle in Norwood

NORWOOD, Mass. (WHDH) — A woman crossing a street in Norwood Friday morning after stopping for a cup of coffee was struck and killed by a swing-around construction vehicle, police said.

The woman was crossing Broadway when she was struck at around 8:40 a.m. near the Central Street MBTA station. Police said the vehicle was being operated as part of the Guild Street bridge project when the fatal incident happened.

The woman was identified as 55-year-old Cheryl Ann McCarthy of Dedham. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the operator, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital for stress.

“She was my closest and dearest friend,” mother Pat McCarthy said. “She was taken from me today and that’s something I will never get over. She was just a regular sweetheart.”

Police said the swing-around was being driven by a 10-year Keolis employee. They said it was an MBTA-owned piece of machinery.

McCarthy’s family said she had worked at Papa Gino’s for 22 years and that she was beloved by all who knew her. Her brother said she was disability and was on her way to a program when she was struck.

“She was a good kid. She never hurt anyone,” said her brother, Kevin McCarthy.

State police, Transit police, and OSHA are investigating. Police said an officer was working detail for the construction project at the time McCarthy was struck.

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