Authorities say man killed estranged wife, then crashed on interstate

Police responded to a report of a stabbing Wednesday evening at a Norton home—and moments later, to a head-on collision on a nearby interstate.

Now, authorities say the incidents are connected.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office, 35-year-old Martin McDonald, of Weymouth, stabbed his estranged wife, Julie Meede, 34, in her Holmes Street home, before crashing on I-495 after crossing a grass median.

Norton police went to Meede’s apartment after receiving a 911 call at 7:25 p.m. Authorities said Meede was unresponsive when emergency personnel arrived and was later pronounced dead at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.


About a minute after that call, state police responded to the crash in Norton, just south of Route 123 on I-495. Authorities believe McDonald, driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck, crossed the median and collided head-on with a Nissan.

The driver of the Nissan, a 30-year-old Smithfield, Rhode Island woman, sustained serious injuries in the crash. Authorities did not list McDonald’s condition.

Authorities said they charged McDonald with murder Wednesday night. He is expected to be arraigned Thursday morning in Attleboro District Court.

The crash remains under investigation.

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