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Update: Ayer man in critical condition following Friday MVA

Nashoba Publishing/Mary Arata
The location of Friday’s motor vehicle accident on West Main Street.

AYER – An Ayer man remains in critical condition at a Boston hospital following Friday night’s motor vehicle accident on West Main Street.

Daniel Dodge, 43, of Ayer was struck by a car driven by a 20-year old Ayer woman. The driver’s name is not being released by police at this time. Ayer Police Lt. Brian Gill said on Monday morning that the accident remains under investigation.

Dodge was crossing West Main Street shortly after 6 p.m. on Friday, May 18 when he was struck by the car traveling westbound as it passed by the front of Parthenon Pizza at 60 West Main Street. A nearby light pole at the corner of West Main and Mechanic Streets remained decorated with memorials and flowers for a Shirley teen who died as a result of injuries sustained in an accident at the same location.

On Jan. 4, Corey Buxton was struck by two passing motor vehicles when he chased after two Ayer teens who allegedly robbed him of money to go buy drugs. Buxton died less than a week after his fifteenth birthday.

On Friday night, Dodge was transported by Ayer Ambulance to the Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, and then helivaced to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, where Ayer Police stated on Friday Dodge was “listed as being in critical condition with life threatening injuries.”

The Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section is assisting the Ayer Police Department with the investigation. Officers from Shirley PD and Harvard PD assisted with traffic control, as the roadway was closed for four hours Friday night following the accident.

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