Police Arrested a Suspect after the Back Bay Bike Hit-and-Run

Malone Kidanemariam, 25, of Boston, was ordered held on $25,000 bail.

Photo via BPD News.

The search for a suspect after the fatal hit-and-run in Back Bay last week has apparently come to a close, as police say they have made an arrest.

Detectives arrested 25-year-old Boston resident Malone Kidanemariam after “an extensive and comprehensive investigation,” police say. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday and was ordered held on $25,000 bail.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans credited tips to an anonymous tip line with leading police to the suspect, and he has some harsh words for Kidanemariam for his alleged crime.

“When a motorist strikes a pedestrian or cyclist in the City of Boston, the individual behind the wheel is expected to stop, check on the welfare of the person struck and call 9-1-1 for help,” he says in a written statement on the department’s blog. “For whatever reason, the suspect in this case chose not to do that, and, given the charges he’s now facing, I would imagine he most certainly wishes he had.”

Police had previously identified a late model silver Camry as the suspect’s vehicle, and later located a car matching that description in the Boston Common parking garage.

The crash in the early hours of Sunday, April 30, killed 30-year-old Rick Archer, who was remembered by friends and family as a humanitarian adventurer beloved in the biking community. Supporters plan to hold a “Ghost Bike” ceremony and bike ride to City Hall in his memory Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., where according to a Facebook group they will call “for more funding for projects like vision zero, slower streets, and bike infrastructure.”

Police are still taking tips from anyone with information about the crash at 617-343-4470, or anonymously on the phone at 1-800-494-TIPS or via text by sending TIP to CRIME (27463).


Spencer Buell Staff Writer at Boston Magazine sbuell@bostonmagazine.com