Maine woman killed in Brighton crash; other driver, 19, charged with motor vehicle homicide

The suspect, Anderson A. Nova, of Randolph, sustained minor injuries in the crash, police said.

A 19-year-old Randolph man is being charged with motor vehicle homicide after he allegedly struck another vehicle while driving in Brighton, killing the woman inside.

Police allege Anderson A. Nova also tried to run away following the crash, but was arrested by authorities. He’s being charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, operating after suspension, leaving the scene of a crash causing personal injury or death, receiving stolen property, and using a motor vehicle without authority. His arraignment was planned for the Brighton Division of Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday, according to state police.


Just before 10 p.m. Monday, police said they were called to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Birmingham Parkway and Western Avenue. Just prior to the crash, police reported seeing a 2022 Buick Enclave speeding and driving negligently on Soldiers Field Road, police said.

In the same direction the Enclave went, troopers soon saw smoke that led them to the intersection where the crash happened. There, they found the Enclave had broadsided a Honda Civic operated by 53-year-old Dina L. Donahue, of Topsham, Maine. Police said Nova attempted to run from the scene while carrying his dog, but they were able to catch up with him.

Via investigation, police concluded Donahue, who was alone in her vehicle, was on Western Avenue with a green light through the intersection with Birmingham Parkway. As she was driving through, Nova allegedly ran a red light while speeding, striking the driver’s side of the Civic.

Donahue was rushed to Beth Israel Lahey Hospital where she later died. Nova, meanwhile, was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with minor injuries, according to authorities.

Police reportedly spoke with Nova while in the hospital. Troopers allege they found stolen credit cards and checks in the vehicle he had been driving. Police believe someone had rented the vehicle for him since his license had been suspended before, and he wasn’t under an agreement for the rental.


Nova was released from the hospital Tuesday morning, police said.


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