Thursday, March 20, 2014

Retired Officer Lawrence Stead Arrested for Leaving the Scene of Accident

Police have arrested a retired Cambridge police officer from Quincy they say is responsible for crashing into a pedestrian and driving off on Wednesday morning.

The crash happened around 6 a.m. on Wednesday in front of the Mass. Ave. T station.

The victim, said to be a middle-aged man, was rushed to Boston Medical Center with serious injuries. Police say he may have been in the crosswalk at the time of the crash.

Within hours of the crash, police found the gray 4-door 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis with Mass. license plate 145G that fled toward Columbus Avenue after the crash. The driver, 69-year-old Lawrence Stead of Quincy, was later arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident causing personal injury.

Cambridge police confirm that Stead is a former officer in that city. He retired in 2009 after 35 years with the department. Stead was released on $10,000 bail and will be arraigned on Thursday.

The 300-block of Mass Ave. was closed through the morning commute.

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