Boston, MA – Boston police announced they have identified the driver who killed a homeless person in a hit-and-run accident last month. Abner Jean-Baptiste, a 36-year-old from Roxbury, was charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligence and leaving the scene of a crash. The accident happened late at night on Jan.20, near Mass. Ave. and Melnea Cass Boulevard. The victim was a 73-year-old man pushing a wheelchair carrying his meager personal possessions. The man was well-known to the people in the area. A few hours before the crash, a security guard at a nearby hotel had offered the man some money to get a warm meal and hot coffee at a nearby fast-food restaurant as it was a very cold night.
The security guard was still at work when the accident happened. He tried to run after the SUV, but to no avail.
The police identified the driver after locating an SUV with a damaged hood.