Newton, Massachusetts: Retired Harvard Professor Involved in Crash

October 14, 2010 – Marcia Kearney, 54, from Northampton, Massachusetts has died as a result of serious personal injuries sustained in an accident involving her motor scooter. Detlev Vagts, 81, from Cambridge and a retired Harvard Law Professor, apparently crashed into Kearney’s Vespa scooter on Ward Street in Newton. The accident occurred on July 8th, but Vagts was charged with motor vehicle homicide on Wednesday.

Apparently, Kearney was thrown approximately 80 feet from the bike after the collision. She later died in a Boston hospital. According to the prosecutor, Vagts was partially in the wrong lane on Ward Street prior to hitting Kearney’s scooter.

Vagts was a law professor at Harvard for more than 40 years before retiring in 2005. No court date has been set.

Source: The Boston Herald


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