APD logoLocal law enforcement reported two crashes occurring within nine hours on Tuesday, Oct. 17. According to Arlington Police Department spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn, the first crash happened on Lowell Street at 10:05 a.m.; the second was at Eastern and Highland avenues, at 6:55 p.m. 

The first motor vehicle accident was a single-vehicle crash with airbag deployment, with the car operated by a 62-year-old Arlington resident, Flynn wrote in an email to YourArlington. Upon arriving to the scene, officers reported that the vehicle had hit a tree roughly 15 feet from a front lawn at 170 Lowell St.  

Members of the Arlington Fire Department also came to the scene, to handle medical care; the driver was taken to a local hospital. The matter remains under investigation.

The crash later Tuesday was reportedly a hit-and-run incident. Officers arrived to the scene and observed one vehicle with minor damage at the rear bumper, passenger side. According to Flynn, this vehicle was driving on Highland Avenue when it came to a stop sign at the Eastern Avenue intersection. 

"When the operator saw the intersection was clear, he continued on. Just as he entered the intersection, he was struck on his rear bumper.  The operator pulled over and when he got out of his car, [he found that] the vehicle that struck him was gone," Flynn wrote.

Officers were not able to find the second vehicle involved even after searching the area, Flynn said, and this crash also remains under investigation.

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This news summary was published Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, based on information from Arlington Police Department logs and emailed explanations from Capt. Richard Flynn of the APD.