• 3 pedestrians struck in Boston by alleged drunken driver


    BOSTON - Three pedestrians were taken to a hospital Friday night in Boston after being struck while walking on a crosswalk.

    At about 11:56 p.m. officers responded to a radio call for three people being hit by a car at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Clarendon Street in the South End. While they were en route, officers received additional information that the suspect had failed to stop and drove off.

    The driver, 64-year-old Michael Watkins of Roxbury, fled the scene after striking two women and one man and was located by police a short distance away. 

    The victims told police that Watkins beeped at them while they were crossing the street, and then accelerated towards them and hit all three.

    They were all transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    Watkins was arrested after being found in his car on Tremont Street.

    According to police, Watkins smelled strongly of alcohol and further investigation led them to take him into custody. He was charged with an OUI and multiple other counts. 

    He is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court at a later date.

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