SHREWSBURY (CBS) — A Shrewsbury police officer was hit and seriously injured Monday night while working traffic control on Main Street.

Officer Brian Gerardi, 59, was taken to UMass Medical Center in Worcester after an SUV hit him.

Authorities say Gerardi was directing traffic at the exit of St. John’s High School after Arch Bishop Desmond TuTu spoke. At 10:20 p.m., Mary Degemmis-Shusta, 56, of Princeton, was driving out onto Main Street when she hit Gerardi.

Officers say Gerardi was wearing issued reflective equipment and using a flashlight when he was hit and fell to the ground.

Degemmis-Shusta was not injured. Authorities did not say whether she will face any charges.

Comments (9)
  1. tom says:


  2. Becky says:

    I drove by St Johns earlier in the pm and there were two police officers directing traffic- one at the entrance and the other at the exit. They did have reflective jackets.. very well marked. Plus the flashlights. I really hope he will be OK. I can’t even imagine what he and his family is going through.

  3. Becky says:

    I forgot to say.. they also had the police cruisers present with their lights flashing…

    1. kasser says:

      Which is exactly what draw the attention away from the driving.
      People see blue flashing lights, their focus is on that and not traffic. Once they
      realize that no one is hurt to look at “oh just construction” they are back to driving and that quick loss of attention is enough

      I do really feel for the officer but can anyone produce any statistic that
      a construction site is safer with a detail officer vs one without one ?

      What is this ? the 3rd officer hit on details this year alone ?

      Haven’t heard about construction workers at sites without detals getting hit

      1. john says:

        kasser if i see blue flashing lights i dont gaze into them and say ooooo pretty lights..i slow down and drive with caution..the lights on cruisers are used to warn drivers to slow down and pay MORE attention. if you cant do that then your moronic and shouldnt have a license.

        luckily Brian will be ok, he was set to retire Friday after 30 years with Shrewsbury.

  4. kasser says:

    Completely agree with you and I am the same way. But 3 hits this year obviously proves us to the exception rather than the norm

    So do we remove 80% of MA’s drivers from the road or do we try
    something a little more realistic ? Try not having details at construction sites for 6 months and see what happens ?

    Again, there has been at least 3 incidents this year alone with officers getting hit
    while on details.

    How many construction workers has been hit on non detail sites this year ?

    And it appears that you know the officer in question in this case and happy to hear that he will be okay.

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