‘Shocking’: Teen victim speaks out after elderly driver charged in Acton hit-and-run

An 85-year-old woman from Maynard has been identified and charged by authorities months after a hit-and-run crash in Acton left a teenager seriously injured and the victim says he’s “shocked” to learn the person allegedly responsible for his crash was an elderly driver.

“Just shocking to me,” 13-year-old Cesar Soto said of the Nov. 2 hit-and-run during which he was struck in a crosswalk while crossing Great Road. He was critically injured and spent weeks recovering before finally returning home in mid-December.

His comments came after the Acton Police Department announced the arrest of Joan Hurley on Wednesday afternoon on charges of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash with personal injury, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and committing a crosswalk violation.

During their investigation, state and local police reviewed video surveillance from nearby businesses to identify a vehicle of interest. Later locating the vehicle, Acton PD was able to obtain a search warrant and seize it.

The department went on to seek a criminal complaint in order to charge Hurley, who is now scheduled to be arraigned in Concord District Court on March 9.