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Police: Billerica Man Struck on I-495 After Fleeing Vehicle on Foot

January 2, 2019

HOPKINTON -- A Billerica man allegedly fleeing State Police was struck by two vehicles while running across Interstate 495 in Hopkinton Tuesday night.

The 27-year-old man was hit on the northbound side of the highway at about 6:15 p.m. and was taken by ambulance to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester with serious injuries, police said. He has not been identified.

The incident began about 10 minutes earlier when the State Police Leominster barracks received a call from a motorist reporting a sport utility vehicle being driven erratically south on I-495 in Marlboro. The caller reported that the SUV passed him at about 100 mph.

A State Police trooper on patrol soon spotted the SUV, a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, and attempted to stop it. Police said the driver, who was alone in the SUV, refused to stop and fled from the cruiser. A pursuit was authorized by the State Police Troop C Headquarters, which assumed command.

A short time later the driver lost control of the Tahoe and spun out to the left onto the center median on I-495 southbound, south of Exit 21 in Hopkinton.

Police said the driver then bailed out of the Tahoe’s driver-side door and ran through the wooded median in the direction of the northbound lanes of I-495. Preliminary investigation indicates the trooper was not pursuing the suspect on foot through the median, police said.

Moments later, at about 6:16 p.m., State Police received calls from motorists reporting that the fleeing man had been struck by two vehicles on the northbound side.

Police said the trooper reached the Billerica man and began medical aid.

The man was struck by a 2017 Subaru Impreza wagon operated by a 56-year-old Medway man, and then by the sideview mirror of a 2017 Ford Explorer being operated by a 67-year-old Westford man, according to police. The Impreza and the suspect’s Tahoe were towed from the scene.

A helicopter from the State Police Air Wing was brought in to monitor the scene, along with State Police patrols and a K-9 team on the ground, to check the Tahoe and surrounding area to confirm that there were no other occupants or victims.

Two northbound lanes and one southbound lane were closed after the incident and the ensuing investigation. All lanes were reopened by approximately 9:20 p.m.

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