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Well actually she was struck by an MBTA trolley and the T police responded immediately. There's some inconsistency in the report. It has her traveling down Huntington Ave crossing Longwood when she ran into or was struck by the corner of the trolley. This is unlikely since the trolley travels in a fenced off right of way with openings only at intersections.
It's more likely that she was either traveling down Huntington and making a left across Longwood which exposes you trolleys from either direction. For big hulking machines, they can sneak up on you. I've almost left hooked one myself. Either that, or she was traveling down Longwood crossing Huntington which, like the other alternative, takes her directly across the trolley tracks.
The trolleys have a separate light phase so that if everyone pays attention to their signals, this shouldn't happen. Nevertheless, every year people have car crashes with trolleys because they're either trying to beat it across the tracks or because they didn't notice it was there and turned into it. I've heard a rumor that trolleys will occassionally run their signal, though I find it a little hard to believe just because it doesn't really save the driver that much (and they know this) and the consequences for a mistake are so severe.
Still, it could be that she had the right of way but being at night the driver didn't see her and proceeded through their signal.
Conveniently, Brigham and Women's Hospital where they took her after the accident is only about a block away.