Massachusetts State Police

Woman Killed, Man Arrested in Alleged Hit-and-Run Crash in Brighton

The 19-year-old driver suspected of running a red light was seen fleeing the crash with his dog in his arms, Massachusetts State Police said

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A woman in her fifties has died and a 19-year-old man was arrested after a serious car crash Monday night in Boston's Brighton neighborhood, Massachusetts State Police said.

Police say Anderson Nova was speeding as he ran a red light in the area of Birmingham Parkway at Western Avenue, striking Dina Donahue's car.

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Donahue, a 53-year-old from Topsham, Maine, died shortly after she was taken by ambulance to Beth Israel Hospital.

Nova, from Randolph, was taken into custody and treated at a local hospital. He was arraigned Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court on charges including motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, leaving the scene of a crash and receiving stolen property.

Nova was allegedly speeding in a rented 2022 Buick Enclave SUV before the crash, zooming by a state police cruiser going the other way on Soldiers Field Road. The cruiser lost sight of the SUV before it could pursue the vehicle, police said.

Those troopers then saw smoke coming from the crash, where they found that the Buick had "broadsided" the woman's Honda Civic, officials said in a statement.

Nova was seen running from the crash with his dog in his arms, and officers arrested him, police said. He had minor injuries and was treated at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Donahue is believed to have had the green light as she drove into the intersection, while Nova sped through a red light and hit her car in the driver's side door. Police said the crash remains under investigation.

Police allegedly found several credit cards and checks in the vehicle that were not in Nova's name. Investigators also learned Nova's driver's license had been suspended for failure to pay fines, and someone else had rented the SUV for him. He was not on the rental agreement, police said.

The multi-vehicle car crash severely impacted traffic Monday night. Road closures were in place for some time as police investigated the serious crash.

Nova's family had no comment outside of court Tuesday, but his lawyer said his client is devastated by what happened and that if he could take that night, he would.

"My client remains deeply apologetic for this accident," Richard Dyer said in court.

Nova's bail was set at $100,000 for this case, but he was held after his bail was revoked on two unrelated charges.

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