Woburn Man Struck By Car Succumbs to Injuries

The 31-year-old father died Monday, Oct. 15.


A 31-year-old father of two has succumbed to injuries he suffered after being struck by a car Oct. 9.

Allen Fisher, of Arlington Road, was crossing Washington Street near Leland Park after leaving a Pop Warner practice last Tuesday when he was struck by an oncoming car.

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According to Woburn Police's documentation of the accident, Fisher, who was in the crosswalk, was struck by the car, then thrown several feet down the street into the opposite lane of traffic. He was taken to Mass General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. After undergoing surgery, MGH reported that Fisher was in "serious" condition Friday afternoon.

The 88-year-old driver from Winchester The Winchester man's car was taken to the WPD station on Harrison Avenue for further inspection and police requested the man lose his license immediately.

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A fundraiser has been set up for Mr. Fisher's family—a wife, son and daugher—to alleviate the burden of funeral costs and more.

According to the event's promotion, friends of the Fisher family would like to "celebrate Allen's life while helping support his family through this time of need."

Earnhardt October 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM
We were hoping for the best, sadly his injuries were too severe, The family is in our thoughts,
Kim October 16, 2012 at 01:00 PM
He left behind a wife childern friends and family and was to young to have his life taken from him. My heart goes out to his family and friends. He was a great guy funny and goofy. He always made me laugh and will be missed. Rip alan you will be forever missed. And as far as the 88 year old man who hit him you took a great person away from his family and friends i hope you have some remorse for what you have done. Once again my heart goes out to his wife and childern i am so sorry for your lose
Donna Reed October 16, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Although I grew up in Woburn, I never knew this man or his family. And yet my heart goes out to them. Sadly, a young husband and father, walking in a cross-walk no less, was taken from his family, way too early, and certainly needlessly. How awful. Our state needs to take immediate action to keep it's citizens safe. A yearly motor vehicle test should be MANDATED for ALL licenced drivers, 70 and older. The eyesight and reflexes of an 80 years or older driver AND driving a 4000 pound "weapon" are not compatible.
Fran Murphy MacFarland October 16, 2012 at 05:53 PM
To all the people that are on the fence about taking the keys, car, etc. away from elderly/ demented family members. Remember my nephew Allen, and all the suffering for his family. Do you want to live with this guilt??!!
Donna Reed October 16, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Unfortunately Fran..it isn't JUST those with "dementia" . I am one of the first to agree testing should be REQUIRED for anyone 70 years of age or over.....and even earlier if you show signs of not being able to handle a vehicle or ANYTHING else....I am 64, and I KNOW that my reflexes AND thought processing are NOT what they were when I was younger....again..laws need to be passed to make this a responsibility of ALL of us........I plan to write my Senators and Congressmen before we have any more instances like this one. There's been FAR too many "accident's" like this already ! We need to take a stand !
Jean Chaput Welch October 16, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Michelle- My heart goes out to you and your children while you try to get through this terrible tragedy. Please know that you are in our prayers and we are thinking of you. Jean Chaput Welch, DHA
Lori October 16, 2012 at 07:29 PM
That is so sad God Bless his family when I read driver was 88 I was like wow Again! They need to be road tested again at maybe 70
Me October 16, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Its so sad for everyone, rest easy Allen.
Carmen Fisher October 16, 2012 at 07:32 PM
We want to thank everyone for their love and support. There have been a lot of people asking how they can help. We have set up a website for donations to the family: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/cNHKe?psid=bc7ec5fb27d343f2ae6c28039a827cca
Kathy Praik October 16, 2012 at 07:47 PM
My heart goes out to his family and friends, to his son who has been by his side & To his litte girl. Sad, I hope the state mandates retestin for elderly drivers. Kathy
Margaret Peterson October 16, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I used to watch my son play baseball at Leland park. Many Times I would walk over to Wendy's for something to eat for my younger son. It's extremely terrifying to know it could have been one of us or worse, both of us.I have lived in Woburn more than 25 years and have seen to many young people die for no reason in recent years. My heart truly goes out to Allen's family. M. Peterson
Tammy Simmons October 17, 2012 at 12:58 AM
My heart breaks for everyone effected by this tragedy. Allen was a GREAT guy!! He will be missed by many!!
Barbara Stirling October 17, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I am 60. My husband just turned 89. He was legally allowed to continue driving months after a major stroke and 6 tia's, 4 years ago. Noticing his driving was getting worse, and that he thot he was fine to continue driving, I had him evaluated for driving skills, reaction time, cognitive issues, etc. at the New Eng Rehab for Driving. He failed in many respects before getting to the road side portion of the test. This took it out of being a marital or family issue, and in my opinion should required for people 75 and older. The state is very lax concerning elderly driving until they hurt or kill someone. So sorry for your loss.
Barbara Stirling October 17, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Taking keys away is a step, but not sufficient. I took my husband's keys after a major stroke. Doctor cleared him, said he could drive after a few months. He owned the car. He said he would sell the car and buy another with a new set of keys. The car dealer would definitely have sold him another car. The state needs to require a 2 step testing (1 cognitive, reaction time, etc. and 2nd driving test) as is done voluntarily at New England Rehab in Woburn. It is expensive, but if the person fails the 1st part (as my husband did) they do not have to pay the for the 2nd part (road test).


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