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UPS Truck Driver Strikes and Kills Tufts University Professor in Newton

9:35 AM EDT on August 29, 2023

A two-lane city street lined with buildings and a handful of trees. The street is relatively narrow with two lanes for moving vehicles and two on-street parking lanes.

Watertown Street near the intersection of Bridge Street (at left) in Newton. Courtesy of Google.

On Monday evening, a UPS truck driver struck and killed a 57 year-old man who was riding a bicycle in the heart of Newton's Nonantum village center, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.

Dr. Andrew Bohm. Courtesy of the Tufts University School of Medicine.

On Tuesday evening, officials confirmed that the victim was Dr. Andrew Bohm, a father, Tufts University School of Medicine professor, and Newton resident.

"From hosting coffee hours to kayaking on the Charles River, he built a community where postdocs felt valued, supported, and empowered to thrive both academically and personally," wrote Dr. Helen Boucher, Dean of the Tufts University School of Medicine, in a statement issued Tuesday. "He served with an open mind, a generous heart, and a genuine dedication to the postdoc community and the university."

In a press release, the D.A.'s office reported that the crash occurred at the intersection of Watertown Street and Bridge Street in Newton at around 5:24 p.m. Monday evening.

In the aftermath of the crash, Dr. Bohm was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he subsequently died from his injuries.

Police report that the perpetrator, another 57 year-old man from Newton who has not yet been identified, remained on the scene.

Police suspect that the perpetrator was driving east on Watertown Street and attempting a left turn onto Bridge Street when he struck his victim, who was riding a bicycle westbound on Watertown Street.

Watertown Street is a busy, relatively narrow neighborhood main street lined with small businesses and apartment buildings. The crash occurred right next to Coletti-Magni Park, the central village green for the Nonantum neighborhood.

The crash remains under investigation by state and local police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

This story was updated on Wednesday August 30 to include details about the victim, who had not yet been identified in earlier reports.

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