Renowned South Boston attorney Bill McDermott — a top adviser to U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch — was killed when he was struck by a vehicle in Southie last night, officials said.
“Last night we lost our dear friend Bill McDermott,” Lynch said in a statement today. “For more than 30 years, Billy was a rock for me, (my wife) Margaret, and countless other friends in South Boston and Dorchester and across Massachusetts. I don’t know where we’d be without the love and guidance he gave us. We are heartbroken. Our prayers are with Billy’s family today.”
According to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office, McDermott, 66, was struck by a 2012 Range Rover around 7:30 p.m. on Day Boulevard near L Street. The driver, a 33-year-old South Boston man, did not show signs of intoxication, Conley’s office said.
No charges have been filed. The fatal crash is being investigated by state police.
McDermott, who grew up in Savin Hill, is an elections law specialist who advised scores of Hub pols over a storied career. He served as elections commissioner under former Mayor Kevin White.
Among his clients was former state Rep. Brian Wallace, a Southie Democrat.
“South Boston and Savin Hill just lost one of their finest, most intelligent, most politically knowledgeable citizens and friends,” Wallace wrote on his Facebook page today. “Billy was the pre-eminent political go to guy in cases of anything and everything political, especially recounts. There was nobody better.”