Dorchester

‘This Was Awful': Man Killed in Dorchester Crash Early Tuesday Morning

A second man involved in the accident was taken to an area hospital

NBC Universal, Inc.

A man was killed in a violent crash early Tuesday morning in Boston, first responders confirmed.

The crash happened around 12:45 a.m. at the intersection Tonawanda and Greenbrier streets in the city's Dorchester neighborhood.

STAY IN THE KNOW

icon

Watch NBC10 Boston news for free, 24/7, wherever you are.

icon

Get Boston local news, weather forecasts, lifestyle and entertainment stories to your inbox. Sign up for NBC Boston’s newsletters.

One man involved in the wreck was pronounced dead on scene, and another was taken to a local hospital, according to Boston EMS. It's unclear how badly the second person was hurt.

"I heard a big boom and it basically shook my house," said Tanisha Tate, who lives nearby.

She said she looked outside and saw a black sedan in her yard, a red SUV in the street and a man crying.

"He was watching over his friend. He was like, 'Please help save my friend.' His body was lifeless, and people in the neighborhood were trying to help out as well."

"I've never seen a death, not like this, not from a car accident," said Leah Mills, a neighbor. "This was awful."

The crash happened around 12:45 a.m. at the intersection Tonawanda and Greenbrier Streets in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.

Tate and Mills said they've lived on Tonawanda Street all their lives and crashes at the intersection are nothing new.

"Every year at least two or three car accidents in the same spot," Tate said. "We used to have a fence and hedges here, but every year somebody would crash into it, so we gave up the idea of having a fence and hedges and we just do a stone wall -- but that's not even helping."

She said she has asked the city over the years to install speed bumps to slow traffic down.

There is no indication yet that speed played a factor in Tuesday's crash, but those who witnessed it said they hope something will be done to prevent future tragedies.

"I'm sorry that somebody lost their life, but maybe that might kick them in gear...," Tate said, "because my neighbors and I, we have children that wanna play, and unfortunately it's not safe."

No further details on the crash were immediately available. Boston police were seen investigating. An NBC10 Boston photographer spotted a K-9 unit on scene.

Contact Us