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.

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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