As someone who often walks through downtown Worchester, it’s scary to think that there are drivers who would strike people who aren’t even on the roads. You understand that accidents happen, but the reckless behaviors that would lead to a driver entering a store or colliding with someone on a sidewalk are hurtful and unacceptable to you.

Unfortunately, a pedestrian in Worchester did suffer serious injuries in a situation like that just recently. According to a report out of the city, a 58-year-old man was injured when he was walking on a sidewalk on Lincoln Street. A driver, 46, attempted to cross the street and ended up driving onto the sidewalk. She also hit a no-parking sign and knocked over two parking meters before fleeing.

The crash happened later at night, at around 11:30 p.m., but the authorities were able to identify her vehicle and find her. The woman was arrested for driving without a license, driving on a sidewalk, leaving the scene, not staying in her lane and operating to endanger.

The pedestrian in this case was still in the intensive-care unit at the beginning of August. It wasn’t clear if they were expected to recover.

Crashes like this are completely avoidable. Drivers who are not licensed or who cannot drive safely should not be on the roads. With so many taxis, ride-sharing services and other options, there’s no excuse for putting anyone in danger.

If you are hit in a crash like this, know that you have rights and can pursue fair compensation for what you’ve been through. Drivers should be held accountable for their reckless and dangerous actions.