Marlborough man killed in hit-and-run crash in Boston


Icon for Marlborough Police LogMARLBOROUGH – A 22-year old Marlborough man was killed early Saturday morning when he was allegedly hit by a car while walking on Storrow Drive in Boston.

State Police confirmed the news hours later, identifying the victim as Brandon Jennings and announcing that they had arrested a 36-year old man in connection with the crash.

Michael Rodriguez of Lynn was subsequently charged with offenses including motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of liquor, operating under the influence of liquor and leaving the scene of a crash that resulted in injury or death.

Police said the crash took place around 1 a.m. at the off-ramp to the Tobin Bridge and I-93 north.

State police said they did know why Jennings was walking along Storrow Drive, but said a preliminary investigation showed he had been struck by a vehicle that then fled the scene.

Emergency crews responded and performed emergency aid. Jennings, however, was pronounced dead at the scene.

As law enforcement investigated the crash site in Boston, state police said a witness who reportedly saw the crash take place contacted them after following the involved vehicle to an apartment building in Lynn.

That witness reportedly provided a location and license plate number to state police.

Troopers subsequently arrived on scene in Lynn, where they said they found Rodriguez in possession of the key to the car that had been involved in this crash.

A breath test showed Rodriguez with a blood alcohol content of .119 around 3 a.m, according to state police.

Though police said the car involved in this crash was registered to another individual, they explained in a press release on Saturday that troopers arrested Rodriguez “based on the totality of evidence, including physical evidence and witness statements.”

In addition to other charges, Rodriguez is facing a failure to stop or yield charge.

He was released on bail on Saturday, with an order to appear in Boston Municipal Court on Monday for an arraignment.

State Police noted on Saturday that their investigation is ongoing.

The case, meanwhile, will be prosecuted by the office of Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden.

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