Pickup truck driver crashes into officer, utility worker killing both in Boston suburb

4 month ago

Waltham news, Massachusetts news.

Authorities in Waltham, Massachusetts have arrested a 54-year-old driver accused of killing an officer and a utility worker in a crime spree that also saw him carjacking a police cruiser on Wednesday.

Police said a pickup truck driver crashed into a police officer and a utility worker killing both and wounding two other utility workers.

“Multiple other vehicles” were struck by the pickup truck before the suspect stepped out, threatened another Waltham officer with a knife, and stole his cruiser.

“Clearly what happened is an unimaginable tragedy,” said Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

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    Police arrested the suspect after a crash. He was hit with two counts of manslaughter and armed robbery.

    Ryan identified the victims as Waltham Police Officer Paul Tracey, 58, and a 36-year-old National Grid worker.

    Tracey, a 28-year veteran of the force, was working a police detail at the utility work site when he was killed.

    “He was a compassionate police officer, and always looked out for the underdog,” said Chief Kevin O’Connell of the fallen officer.