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Woman charged in doctor’s death

Hit by car while bicycling in Millis

By Sarah Thomas
Globe Correspondent / April 1, 2011

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A Wellesley doctor was struck and killed by a car while riding his bicycle in Millis Wednesday, and the woman driving the car is being charged with motor vehicle homicide, according to police.

Stanley Sabin, 74, medical director at the MetroWest Free Medical Program, was traveling on Route 115 in Millis when he was hit by a Nissan Sentra driven by Andrea Daley, 62, of Holliston, according to Millis police Officer John Shearns.

“Sabin was transported to Milford Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival,’’ Shearns said.

The crash happened at 1:07 p.m. Both Sabin and Daley were headed north near the Sherborn line.

Shearns said that Daley will be charged with one count of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation. She will be arraigned in Wrentham District Court at a later date.

Police Chief Peter McGowan said that speed, alcohol, and drugs are not believed to be factors in the case.

McGowan said Sabin was wearing a helmet but suffered severe head injuries.

McGowan said the crash is still under investigation.

Sabin was the retired chief of medicine and director of pulmonary medicine at MetroWest Medical Center.

Gary Hirsch, president of the MetroWest program, said Sabin joined the program a few years ago and was named director last year.

“Stan was a really wonderful person whose enthusiasm was infectious,’’ Hirsch said. “He was so thankful for the opportunity to care for patients’ needs without having to worry about billing. He did such a wonderful job.’’

“Replacing him will be a real challenge. We’re going to miss him terribly.’’

Hirsch said that Sabin had recently been awarded a Health Care Leadership Award from the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation.

Martin Cohen, president of the health care foundation, said that the award was presented last Thursday.

“We’re so glad that we did it last week and that his family was able to see it given to him,’’ Cohen said.

“Just yesterday, I got a very nice letter from him thanking me for the honor.’’

Judith Boyko, chief executive officer of the Visiting Nurse Association, said that finding a replacement for Sabin will be hard.

“He did so much for us,’’ Boyko said. “In addition to being our volunteer medical director, he was also a member of the advisory committee for one of our programs, MetroWest Meds, which provides prescription medication to people who can’t afford it.

“It’s difficult for nonprofits to find people of Dr. Sabin’s caliber willing to volunteer their time.’’

Boyko said that Sabin also offered a weekly pulmonary clinic at the Bedford Veterans Administration Hospital and had been cited by Boston University School of Medicine for his volunteer work with medical students.

Boyko said she had considered Sabin a friend for many years.

“I can’t believe he’s gone,’’ she said. “He was one of those vanishing breeds of doctors that really care for their patients as people, in every sense of the word. He will be missed.’’

Sabin’s wife, Susan, said that his funeral will take place this morning at 11 a.m. at the Levine Chapel on Harvard Street in Brookline.

She described her life with her husband as “a 56-year love affair.’’

“Stan was uniquely and superbly righteous,’’ Sabin said. “He acted as though your needs were the most important thing in the world.

“We are incredibly grateful to have had him in our lives.’’

Sarah Thomas can be reached at sarah.m.thomas@gmail.com.