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June 2, 2015: Nicole Berthiaume, 19, of Auburn Massachusetts, sustained serious personal injuries in a boating accident near Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor.  Berthiaume jumped into the water to retrieve a seat cushion, which had blown off of the boat.  As she attempted to climb back aboard, her arm was severed by the propeller of the boat. The accident occurred in the late afternoon last Saturday.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard responded to distress calls and arrived at the scene shortly after the accident. They were able to stop the bleeding, but were unable to save Berthiaume’s arm. She was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for further treatment. Subsequently search efforts to locate the arm were unsuccessful.

According to police, the captain of the boat was operating under the influence of alcohol, and when questioned by police, refused any field sobriety tests. He later allegedly consented to a breath test and was over the legal limit for both land and water.

May 29, 2015: Arkloo Wong, 81, of Watertown, Massachusetts, has died as the result of serious personal injuries sustained when he was struck by a passing vehicle operated by Joseph Coury, 30, of Brighton. Wong was standing in the roadway of the Massachusetts Turnpike, exchanging paperwork with another driver, William Hamilton, 73, of Worcester, due to a minor collision, which had occurred moments earlier. The car accident took place near the Allston-Brighton tolls late on Friday night.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Wong and Hamilton had stopped their vehicles in the right active travel lane, and were standing behind Wong’s car. Coury’s car then approached the stopped vehicles, and struck Wong. According to police, Wong was pronounced dead at the scene. Coury was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston for treatment, and Hamilton was not injured.

No charges have been filed to date, and the accident remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police.

February 26, 2014: An unidentified 17 year old boy has died as the result of being struck by a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (“MBTA”) commuter rail train on Monday. The teenager was walking on the tracks north of Pond Street in Billerica at approximately 9:45 a.m., when the accident occurred. Police are unsure why he was on the tracks.

The train was headed to Lowell from Boston and was carrying about 26 passengers on board. None of the passengers were injured in the crash. It has been reported that several train related incidents have occurred in the area over the past few weeks. Train related deaths have also increased across the MBTA system over the past year, according to reports.

The MBTA Transit Police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s office are currently investigating the accident.


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May 13, 2013 – Evan Bard, 20, of Agawam, Massachusetts, has died as the result of serious personal injuries sustained in a single car accident, which occurred in Canton at approximately midnight on Saturday. She was a passenger in a car operated by Sean Jackman, 24, of Stoughton.

According to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, Jackman was operating the vehicle westbound on Bolivar Street when the vehicle collided with a wall and then a tree.

Bard was pronounced dead at the scene. She was attending Curry College as a nursing major, and was a member of the cheerleading team.

Jackman sustained injuries to his head, and was transported to Boston Medical Center.
He was arraigned in his hospital room on Monday and was charged with motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence, and other violations. Jackman pleaded not guilty.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Canton Police Department.

Source:,, Patriot Ledger

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May 2, 2013 – Gregory Poole, 55, of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, sustained serious personal injuries when he was struck by an SUV. The accident occurred on Wednesday at approximately 1:00p.m. while Poole was standing outside of the home he rents. The driver, his sister, Cynthia Gerrior, 53, of Whitman, had been parked in Poole’s driveway when she placed the vehicle in reverse, and caused it to strike Poole, and continue into the house through the front door.

According to the East Bridgewater Fire Department, Poole was airlifted by MedFlight helicopter to Tufts Medical Center in Boston with multiple internal injuries. He was listed in good condition on Thursday. Gerrior was taken from the scene in an ambulance, but was uninjured.

The house sustained extensive property damage, including a 10’x10′ hole where the front door used to be. There are broken windows, hanging insulation, and lose wires and plugs.

The East Bridgewater Police Department responded to the scene, and do not believe Gerrior will be charged with criminal negligence.

Source: Enterprise News

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August 23, 2011 – Joseph Santo, 19, from Somerville, Massachusetts, sustained serious personal injuries when he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle. A 46 year old Medford man was driving his car eastbound on Route 16 in Somerville prior to striking Santo, who was attempting to cross Route 16 from Broadway against a red light. The accident occurred just after midnight on Monday.

Santo was transported by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital. According to the Massachusetts State Police, the driver was not injured and did not contribute to the crash.

The State Police were assisted at the scene by the Somerville Fire Department.


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October 26, 2010 – Joshua Stimson, 22, from Brighton, Massachusetts and a Boston University graduate has died as a result of serious personal injuries sustained when anMBTA Logo.jpg MBTA trolley struck him early Sunday morning in Boston. Apparently, an inbound D line trolley hit Stimson while he was standing inside a fenced in area of the track between the Longwood and Fenway stations. The accident occurred at around 12:19 a.m. on Sunday.

The MBTA Transit police, Brookline Police and Fire departments, and Boston Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene where they unfortunately pronounced Stimson dead. It is unclear why Stimson was inside the fenced in area.

The accident remains under investigation by the MBTA.


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October 13, 2009 – Scott Coop, 27 years old from Fall River, Massachusetts, has died as a result of serious personal injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Sunday. The accident occurred on Route 79 south in Fall River just after 2:30 p.m.

According to police, Coop lost control of his motorcycle shortly after entering Route 79 from the Brightman Street on-ramp. After losing control, Coop traveled across all three lanes of traffic before colliding with the median. Coop was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Massachusetts State Police are investigating the crash but have indicated that speed may have played a factor.

Source: WPRI

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October 7, 2009 – Kirstie Gillette, 16 years old, suffered personal injuries when she was hit by a car while riding her bike Saturday morning. Stanley Hinds, 81 from Lynn, Massachusetts, was the driver of the car. According to police, the accident occurred at 11:13 a.m. as Hinds was turning from Boston Street onto Washington Street in Lynn.

Hinds told police that he was unable to stop his car in time to avoid colliding with Gillette. Police said that she was not wearing a helmet when she was hit.

Gillette was first taken to Salem Hospital and then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital for further treatment. According to her father, Scott Gillette of Lynnfield, she suffered a fractured skull and a severely sprained left ankle.

Gillette is currently a 10th grader at Lynn Vocational Technical Institute and according to her father it is unclear when she will be able to return to school.

The accident remains under investigation.

Source: The Daily Item of Lynn

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September 15, 2009 – Blake Goodman, 21 years old from Wakefield, Massachusetts, has died as a result of serious personal injuries sustained when he was riding a bicycle in Amherst. Goodman was accompanied by John Deary, 24 from Amherst. The two men were hit by a dark-colored automobile while riding their bikes on Montague Road in Amherst at 10:26 p.m. on Saturday.

The driver of the car fled the scene after hitting the young men. The vehicle is believed to be a Ford and to have damage to the passenger-side front end and the passenger side-view mirror. The driver has yet to be identified.

Both Goodman and Deary were transported by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, where Goodman unfortunately died. Dreary was treated and released with a leg injury.

Goodman was a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and according to his father, was an aspiring filmmaker.

No arrests have been made and neither the driver nor the vehicle have been located. This accident remains under investigation by the Amherst Police Department and anyone with further information is asked to contact them at 413-259-3000.

Source: The Boston Herald

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