From the time we are young, we are taught to exercise caution in dangerous situations – to wear seatbelts in the car, to look both ways before crossing a busy street, to check the expiration date on food before eating it. Man fatally injured in Massachusetts hit-and-run.
A Methuen man, however, did not realize he was in a potentially dangerous situation when he was fatally struck by a car in a hit-and-run while he was standing on the road waiting for a vehicle to be delivered by a tow truck. According to police, this occurred right outside his home in Massachusetts. The man, named Timothy Lafferty, was only fifty-seven years old. He was hit at 8:40 p.m. on 253 Jackson Street.
Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said to WCVB-5, “What I’m being told is that a tow truck was delivering a vehicle to that house and the gentleman was outside standing next to the tow truck while they were dropping the vehicle and, unfortunately, he was struck.” Lafferty died at the scene.
The tow truck driver was at the scene at the time of the crash, but did not directly witness the passing vehicle hit Lafferty because he was unloading a car from the back of the tow truck. However, he did hear the crash and see Lafferty fly through the air, at which time he called 911 for help.
That night, investigators located a car parked at a home less than a mile away with damage to its front end. The vehicle was towed and impounded by the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit and Crime Scene Services.
Following the accident, county police urge drivers to stop if they hit someone and call for help.
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