A pedestrian was struck and killed on Route 128 this morning near the Newton rest area, between Route 16 and Grove Street. He was in the median strip, and may have been struck while trying to cross the highway around 6:30 a.m.
Just after 6:30 a.m. this morning, State Police say an 18-year-old man was killed while crossing Rte. 128 on foot. According to a press release just sent, he was hit by the car on the sorthbound side of the highway, and was thrown across the median onto the southbound side of the road, where he was hit by another vehicle.
He was pronounced dead on the scene. Police say they are notifying his next-of-kin.
The accident backed up traffic on Rte. 128 and on the Mass. Pike.
Below is the full press release from the Mass. State Police:
Massachusetts State Police Release--01032013 Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Newton
The Massachusetts State Police investigation into this morning’s fatal pedestrian crash on Route 95 in Newton remains ongoing. Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim, an 18-year-old man, was apparently crossing the highway on foot at approximately 6:30 a.m. when he was struck by a motor vehicle on the northbound side of the highway, thrown across the median into the southbound side, and struck again on that side of the highway. He was determined to be deceased at the scene. State Police are in the process of making notifications to next-of-kin. Because that process is ongoing, we will not release any further information – including the victim’s name, hometown, and why he was at that location – at this time. As of this point, no charges have been filed.
The first call reporting the crash was received at 6:33 a.m. The location was Route 95 north of Exit 21.
The investigation is being conducted by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.
No further information is being released at this time.