Overnight hit-and-run crashes leave 1 dead, 1 severely injured in Braintree, Somerville

A 42-year-old Boston man was killed after he apparently entered Interstate 93 in Braintree early Tuesday morning, police said.

Two hit-and-run crashes left one man dead and another with possibly life-threatening injuries in Braintree and Somerville Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

In Braintree, a man was struck and killed by a driver on Interstate 93 southbound near Exit 6, according to Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio. Troopers responded around 4:25 a.m. Tuesday.

The man, a 42-year-old Boston resident whose identity has not been released, was found dead at the scene, Procopio wrote in an email to reporters.

Troopers were working to establish a description of the vehicle involved later Tuesday morning.

An investigation indicated the pedestrian entered the highway south of Exit 6 and was struck near “the second and third lanes,” Procopio wrote.

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“The vehicle or vehicles that struck the victim did not stop and fled the scene,” Procopio wrote. “The pedestrian was determined to be deceased at the scene.

“The facts and circumstances of the crash, including why the victim was walking on the highway, remain under investigation,” he added.

In Somerville, a 72-year-old pedestrian was struck by a driver before 8:40 p.m. Monday on Route 28, or William McGrath Highway, near the Broadway intersection, Procopio said in a separate email.

The man, a Somerville resident, was brought to a Massachusetts General Hospital with “potentially life-threatening injuries,” according to Procopio.

“I kept asking ‘Are you awake? Are you awake? What’s your name? What’s your name. I need a name.’ But he was just breathing heavy because of what happened,” a clerk who works at a nearby Speedway gas station told WCVB. “He was just traumatized, apparently. A car just hit him.”

Troopers at the scene determined the man was hit as he crossed the highway from east to west.

“At the time he was hit, the pedestrian was apparently coming from the nearby Stop & Shop supermarket and was carrying several bags of groceries,” Procopio wrote.

Authorities said evidence suggests the driver was behind the wheel of a white minivan or SUV.

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“The vehicle sustained front-end damage in the crash, including a damaged headlight,” Procopio wrote. “Anyone who sees a vehicle matching this description or has information about this crash is asked to contact State Police-Medford at 781-396-0100.”

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