Police: A Man in Watertown Stabbed a Tow Truck Driver Who Fatally Struck a Woman
The driver is in critical condition after he was allegedly stabbed five times by a man believed to be the woman's son.
A tragic, horrific scene played out in Watertown Wednesday, when police say a man stabbed a tow truck driver multiple times after the driver struck and killed a woman with his truck in a busy intersection.
Police responded at about 11:20 a.m. to a report of a road rage incident on Route 16 in Watertown and discovered a woman had been struck by a flatbed truck, who was later pronounced dead, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan told reporters in a press conference. The man believed to be her son, who allegedly attacked the driver, was arrested at the scene and taken to an area hospital.
Multiple witnesses reportedly watched as a suspect, described by observers as a man in his mid-40s has not been identified, allegedly lashed out at the operator of the tow truck, who suffered five stab wounds to the chest. He is now in critical condition at an area hospital. One eyewitness tells the Boston Globe the suspect could be seen chasing and tussling with the driver, yelling “You killed my mom!” during the attack, and the tow truck driver was overheard saying “I didn’t see her!”
Police have since closed the scene, at the intersection of Galen and Watertown Streets, to traffic while an investigation is underway, which Watertown Police Chief Michael Lawn said could take hours.
“This was a bad scene over here for both the people, the public, and our officers,” Lawn told reporters.
Unbelievable situation in Watertown. Traffic axe turns to rage and a stabbing. One DOA pic.twitter.com/eAaY77iKBP
— Bill Shields (@ShieldsWBZ) September 19, 2018
Caution: This video contains a graphic description of the scene:
Witnesses say truck driver accidentally struck a woman crossing street with another man. Enraged, the man pulled the truck driver out of his cab and started stabbing driver. Female pedestrian has died. Condition of truck driver unclear. Man taken into custody. @NBC10Boston @NECN pic.twitter.com/IYsPfmbZE5
— Jonathan Choe NBC10 Boston (@choenbcboston) September 19, 2018