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Shayla Lutz, Age 3, of Stoughton, Identified as Toddler Killed in Collision Near Hansen School

The Norfolk County District Attorney's Office released the name of the victim from Friday afternoon's fatal pedestrian accident. No criminal charges will be filed at this time, according to the DA's office.

The Norfolk County District Attorney's Office has released the name of the in front of the Hansen Elementary School on Central St. in Stoughton.

Shayla Lutz, age 3, of Stoughton, was transported from the scene after being hit by a box truck, but did not survive her injuries, according to the DA's office. She was pronounced dead at the Good Samaritan Medical Center.

The accident took place at about 2:45 p.m. on September 14.

"Shayla and her mom, who was pushing another child in a stroller, were crossing Central Street to pick up her older sibling from Hansen Elementary School," CBS Boston reports.

"Initial indications are that the collision did not take place in the vicinity of a crosswalk," The DA's office stated in an earlier release.

However, based on evidence collected, the DA's office said it will not be filing criminal charges at this time.

"Although the investigation will not be concluded until the collision analysis and reconstruction report has been finalized, the evidence at the scene, interviews with eye witnesses, and other investigation by the Stoughton Police, State Police and Norfolk District Attorney's Office does not support criminal charges in this incident at this time," according to the DA's office.

The driver's identity will not be released. The driver of the truck was reportedly operating an Angelo's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling truck, which was on the scene as State Police and Stoughton Police investigated the accident.  

"The investigation has not produced evidence that speed or impairment were a factor in this collision. As the driver of the truck has not been charged or cited with any infraction his name is not being released," according to the DA's office. 

"The Stoughton Police Department and the men and women of the Norfolk District Attorney's Office extend our sympathies to Shayla Lutz's surviving family and friends in this tragic incident," the DA's office stated in the release.

Rik Bagtaz September 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I can't believe someone could possibly say anything bad about the mother of this girl. Tell you what Roman my name is Rik Bagtaz and I drive a truck with RSB Construction written on the outside. If you have anything else to say about this family when you see my truck just pull me over and we can talk about privately as men. You sure are brave when you hide behind the computer.
Cheri September 16, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Missy, Billy and the whole Lutz family....my heart breaks for you. My thought and prayers are with you and your family. I am so sorry you had to see hateful thoughts from a hateful uncaring person. You are a wonderful family who does not deserve such sadness and heartache. We are all family at the Hansen. If there is anything I can do for you please do not hesitate.......
Gina September 16, 2012 at 12:45 AM
What a terrible tragedy and something NO parent should have to live through.....as a parent myself, i cannot imagine the pain and sorrow the Lutz family is going through. I did not read Roman's comment and wish i did so i can giive him a piece of my mind......what a heartless fool! Rik, i'll help you speak to this monster!!!!! Lutz family, my deepest and sincereat condolences to you. May your strength and love of family and friensa get you through this difficult time. God has a beautiful angel in heaven with him and she will help you through xoxo
Sarah September 16, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Dear Lutz family, my deepest condolences to you all. I cannot imagine the heartbreak you are experiencing. As a mother, it is simply unimaginable. I hope that you find the support and strength you need to cope with this tragic loss of your dear little girl. Please reach out to the community if you need anything at all. There are many of us who wish we could do something, anything, to help ease your pain.
David September 16, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Deat Lutz Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am heartbroken for you all. Putting that cold hearted Roman aside with his gross comments I hope you can take comfort with the out pouring of love that is on this page. We are all with you.
David September 16, 2012 at 04:09 PM
SHAYLA = Sweet Heavenly Angel You're Loved Always. David Martin
David September 16, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Shayla=Sweet Heavenly Angel You're Loved Always
Snyder's Stoughton September 16, 2012 at 05:24 PM
It's really a shame that people can post cowardly words anonymously on blogs like this. I believe everyone in Stoughton rallies around the Lutz family in their time of tragedy. This town has always been amazing at coming together during tragic times. To the Lutz family: My sincerest condolences on the loss of your precious Shayla. If there's anything you want to do, whether it's working on safety improvements in front of schools, or a scholarship in her name, let me know. I'd be happy to share it with the community. May she Rest in Peace.
michd September 16, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Maybe I'm missing something, but it appears that there are a number of comments on here that references "negative" or "cowardly" remarks. I guess I'm missing something because I've only read an outpouring of support for the entire Lutz family. This was an absolute tragedy and I haven't read anywhere that the Lutz are to blame for this horrible accident. If anyone is at fault here it's the town. The town placed a crosswalk in a very dangerous location that noone uses because of it's dangerous area (the corner of West St. & Central St. - an area which has countless accidents and has been mentioned in numerous recent articles the need for a light - Central/Island St. location which is diagonal from the school). Furthermore, the Rizzi/School system did not budget a crossing guard in the most dangerous and congested area for a school to be however, there are crossing guards at other schools (Dawe, Gibbons, etc.). At least by the West there is a traffic light, Hansen doesn't have a traffic lightl (although desperately needed), doesn't have a cross guard and has a ridiculously situated crosswalk. I don't think anyone is blaming the Lutz family or the driver, it was a tragic accident but without a light, cross guard or properly situated crosswalk, I'm afraid this won't be the last accident of its kind.
melissa September 16, 2012 at 06:17 PM
David Martin.... What you have written has touched me so deeply. There are no words. Please know that you have given a small piece of comfort to Shayla's mother today. Love to you, Melissa Lutz
Cheri September 16, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Unfortunately there was a very hideous comment posted by someone. Thankfully it was removed because that person made some very hateful and horrible comments. I agree with you about the Hansen School area. It is atrocious. I figured I would give you a heads up as to why some people were saying what they did. That hateful person should have kept the comments to themselves because unfortunately the Lutz family read it.
Cheri September 16, 2012 at 08:30 PM
That is beautiful.
Nicole Allyson September 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Dear Lutz Family~ I do not know you...but as a parent I feel every ounce of your pain...Picking up my son at the Hansen, I learned of your tragic loss...and have not stopped thinking about you & yours since...may the memories of your sweet baby girl bring you comfort and solace in these long days ahead...I will keep your family in my prayers...
VM September 16, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Dear Lutz Family ~ I am so very saddend by this horrible accident. My heart breaks for you. I heard the news hellicopters flying overhead that day and knew something terrible had happened. As A Christian, I know your precious little Shayla is in Heaven and will one day see you again. May God bless you all. My prayers, and those of my children are with you.
Carolyn Weyneth September 17, 2012 at 01:05 AM
There must be no greater loss than that of a child. I pray time will heal. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
christine September 17, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I hope no one thinks that I in any way blamed the family when I referenced the blind spot. As a driver coming around that exact curve I just notice its hard to see what's just beyond it. I in no way shape or form blame anyone in this situation. Just that I know the exact spot and as with the crosswalk is a blind spot. I have had issues in that crosswalk as well so I understand both spots. This was such a tragedy and I am sorry if my comment was hurtful. I prmise it wasn't meant to be! Both of those spots have a blind spot is all. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to this family. They should have a crossing light there and the sign for 20MPH should be further back.
christine September 17, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Again I am so sorry if that's how it came across! I have 3 children and I can't imagine your pain. I am truly sorry if that came across as blame, I swear to it it wasn't. I seen a comment about that spot and was trying to answer is all.
Gineen French September 17, 2012 at 04:44 AM
as a mom for the past 27 yrs, it is just heartbreaking to hear about your little girl. I hope the god of your understanding reaches out and comforts all of you. It truely is a parents worst nitemare when they are young to be killed by a car, and at any age there after we always worry about them. Words cannot express the sorrow you must be feeling, just unimagineable. Let people help you get thru this, you never need to be alone again.
Julie Blake September 17, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I am sitting here struggling to find the right words to express my sadness. To the Lutz family, I do hope you know that the entire Stoughton school community is here for you and will never, ever forget your precious daughter. The pictures in the paper today show a smiling, happy little girl. You made her smile and laugh and that is a testament to your family. Please know that you and Shayla are in my thoughts and prayers.
Lanie Catorio September 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Lutz family, we do not know each other yet, I know one day we will meet , my daughter is in class with Ashleigh and adores her. Our hearts are with your entire family daily. Please hug Ashleigh from Ava and if there is anything at anytime you need anything please reach out. For now know that your shayla is an angel.xoxo rest in peace sweet shayla!!!!!!
Stoughton12 September 18, 2012 at 07:32 PM
As awful as this was I still have to ask the question of why wasn't this little girls hand being held. Seemingly everyone in town knows how bad this road is, and yet she managed to run out into traffic. My boys are basically teens and I still hold their hands when we need to cross a street or walk through a busy parking lot. Everyone wanted to lynch the elderly woman when she hit the little girl in front of Friendly's, and yet again, why wasn't the little girl's grandfather holding her hand at a busy four lane intersection? This is just a simple tragedy, the blink of an eye and a lapse of judgement that paid the ultimate price. It is not the lack of crosswalks, lack of a crossing guard, lack of how bright the paint is.
johnny September 18, 2012 at 07:45 PM
as much as this is a terrible incident and a young life was snuffed out what appears to be most assuredly an accident..my heart goes out to the individual driving that truck...he will never be the same again...sleepless nights.and all that goes along with this...rest easy sir...she is with god now.as premature as it is..be strong lutz fam..
Cheryl M September 18, 2012 at 07:46 PM
The Hansen school community is looking for ways to improve safety measures outside of and around our school. We are not here to blame the mother for letting go of her daughter's hand. Any parent knows that a toddler can wriggle away pretty quickly unless you have a vice grip on them. The fact stands that there is no safe way for parents/children to cross from Island or Mill St to the Hansen. Had a crossing guard been positioned outside of the school, not 1/2 mi down the road, the cars would have been stopped and they could have crossed safely to the other side. Instead, the mother was left with no choice but to cross where she did because the position of the nearest crosswalk is at a blind curve that intersects Central & West. The town is responsible for providing safe passage in and around school zones. The area around the Hansen, while it does have flashing lights, does not allow for safe crossing. It is a necessity that a crossing guard be placed at the Hansen or we will probably be faced with more preventable tragedies.
lowertaxes September 18, 2012 at 07:48 PM
From what I have read Stoughton12, the mother was pushing a stroller with a baby in it and Shayla was holding onto the stroller and then let go. Although holding her hand would have been preferable pushing a baby stroller across the street takes two hands to keep it going straight. No need to put any additional guilt on this mom. I am sure she was doing the best that she could. And yes, it is a tragedy.
Stoughton12 September 18, 2012 at 08:09 PM
My heart goes out to the driver of the truck, Shayla's mom and the poor driver that let them go and of course Shayla's family. I have worked in healthcare for a long time and it's the preventable incidents that get me shaking my head. I am glad that the Lutz family has lots of support during this time, I hope the drivers do too.
Cheryl M September 18, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I agree. Everyone involved that day will need support. It was a terrible accident, a horrific scene and getting through this tragedy will take a long time. To avoid anything like this in the future, immediate action must be taken to improve not only the area outside of the Hansen but the disaster of a dismissal outside of OMS. There are more accidents just waiting to happen unless major changes are made.
DJ September 18, 2012 at 11:27 PM
You do not want to put any responsibility on the mom or the driver, but you have no problem blaming the superintendent of schools? This was a horrible accident! The schools are responsible for multitudes of safety issues on so many levels your head would spin trying to prioritize them. You may not understand or agree with the reasoning for placing the crossing guard west of the school, but their presence there may have saved lives. In the perfect world there would be crossing guards or volunteer parents on every street corner, but we live with real budget constraints that need to accommodate the greater good of the masses and we also live in a democracy. There are processes and protocol because that is how we, as a united people, have agreed to live. I have friends who have chosen not to live on main streets to lessen danger for their children and I've known neighbors who have lost a child in a cul-de-sac by motor vehicles and even their own cars. Those are heartbreaking ACCIDENTS, not unlike this one. The police have conducted a professional investigation and have not issued any citations to my knowledge so Instead of blaming, why not write to the BOS and the SSC and see if they will place this issue on their agenda for public review and discussion? Why not spend your energy on finding a solution or improvement? That would be the greatest way we can honor Shayla and those involved.
Cheryl M September 18, 2012 at 11:56 PM
DJ, I did not blame the superintendent. I said the Town needs to look at the safety issues regarding the Hansen school area. I did not agree with Dr. Rizzi's statements to media that said there was a crossing guard on duty because it implied there was one close by, not 1/2 mi from the scene of the accident. I do feel the town has a responsibility to its residents to provide safe passage to and from schools. It's a fact that the existing crosswalk is unsafe, it is a fact that there is no crossing guard within sight of the Hansen, it is a fact that there are no pedestrian lights on a heavily traveled road that abutts the Hansen and it is a fact that there is no sidewalk on Central Street opposite the Hansen. I never suggested removing the present crossing guard from Stone Ends. If there is a need for a crossing guard in that location then they should stay. I think the safety of our children should be paramount, not an after-thought. I don't know what BOS or SSC even are. I am just a concerned mom/resident of Stoughton who feels more could have been done to ensure safety in the Hansen School zone. It is possible that no amount of safety measures could have prevented this accident but as I see it now, we had very few safety measures in place and the likelihood of a serious/fatal accident occurring was inevitable. If meetings take place that invite residents to attend/speak, I will be there. I'm sure I'll have more to say.
Neha Shah September 19, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Dear Lutz Family ~ I am so very saddend by this horrible accident...My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. From shah Family
cheryl knighton October 14, 2012 at 07:38 PM
thank you 'lowertaxes' this is not the fault of not holding Shayla's hand!!! I'm sorry I'm just reading these comments now, but I will tell all- my daughter in law is the best mom there is, and no one can fault her for a tragic, terrible accident. Love Shayla's Nana

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