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Man fatally struck by car in East Boston

A man in his 60s was killed on Christmas Eve in East Boston when a vehicle struck him, police said.

Boston police Officer Neva Coakley, a department spokeswoman, said the crash occurred around 2 p.m. near 142 Waldemar Ave. Police did not identify the man.

“It’s an active and ongoing investigation at this point,” said David Estrada, a Boston police spokesman. He said the driver remained at the scene after the crash.

The accident scene was sealed off with police tape shortly before 4 p.m.

A white sport utility vehicle with heavy front-end damage was visible in the middle of the street, along with an overturned grocery cart and food items strewn about the road.

The crash occurred on a block of well-kept homes decorated with Christmas lights.

A neighbor, Jackie Scarpa, said in a phone interview that she did not see or hear the crash but later saw police cruisers on the street. She said she did not know the man who was killed.

“I got a phone call from someone who doesn’t even live here to tell me” what happened, Scarpa said. “It’s horrible. For Christmas Eve? Horrible. And anyway, they go flying down the street like crazy. We’re always yelling at people to slow down.”

Police did not say whether officials believe speed was a factor in the crash.

It was not clear whether the victim lived on the street.

He pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Source: Boston Globe