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Police investigate fatal crash involving pedestrian, cars on I-93 in Dorchester

All southbound lanes were closed early Saturday morning for the crash investigation and reconstruction.

Massachusetts State Police are investigating a crash on Interstate 93 southbound in Dorchester Saturday morning that resulted in the death of a pedestrian and sent others to the hospital with serious injuries, according to a statement.

Police said the victim was struck by a vehicle as he was walking on I-93 between Exits 12 and 13 at approximately 2:30 a.m.

The victim was walking on the highway after exiting his own car, a Hyundai Sonata, according to the statement.

Police said he died at the scene of the crash

On Saturday afternoon, police identified the victim as Christian Yemga, 34, of Quincy.

The other vehicles involved in the incident were a Volkswagen Atlas operated by a 33-year-old woman and carrying two passengers, and an Acura RSX operated by a 35-year-old man and carrying one passenger, according to officials.


“The preliminary investigation has concluded that all three vehicles were involved in a motor vehicle crash or crashes; the specific details of the crash or crashes remain under investigation,” according to the statement.

Police said that the preliminary investigation indicates Yemga was allegedly struck by the Acura RSX.

The two occupants of the Acura were also seriously injured and taken to a Boston hospital, according to the statement.

The driver of the Volkswagen was charged with operating under the influence, resisting arrest, and assaulting an officer, police said.

Police identified that driver as 33-year-old Nikita Wilkins of Brockton.

“The investigation is ongoing to determine whether charges are warranted in the death of Mr. Yemga,” according to the statement.

All southbound lanes were closed early Saturday morning for the crash investigation and reconstruction. Police said some northbound lanes may have to temporarily close to accommodate an evidentiary search related to the crash. 

The investigation is being conducted by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police, the state police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the state police Crime Scene Services Section, the state police K9 Unit, and the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County. 

No further information was released.


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