A retired Cambridge cop can continue to drive while awaiting trial on charges he sent a man into the hospital in critical condition yesterday by plowing into him with his car in front of the Massachusetts Avenue T stop.
At Lawrence Stead's arraignment in Boston Municipal Court today, Judge Sally Kelly declined a request from Suffolk County prosecutors to bar the Quincy resident from driving while his case is pending. Kelly also declined a request from prosecutors to set bail at $10,000, instead letting Stead stay free on the $1,100 he paid a bail bondsman last night.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office provided this account of the 6 a.m. crash:
Witnesses told police that the victim was struck by a gray Mercury that did not immediately stop. The vehicle finally stopped approximately 75 feet from the scene, where witnesses said the driver inspected the vehicle before driving off. The witnesses were able to provide police with the carâ€™s license plate number.
According to the DA's office, police tracked the car's registration to Stead's address in Quincy:
Quincy Police officers arrived at Steadâ€™s address to confirm that the vehicle was there and were approached by Stead. Later, during an interview with Boston police, Stead made post-Miranda statements indicating he believed he had hit something while driving on Massachusetts Avenue. He allegedly said he pulled over and checked his car and its surroundings, but did not notice damage to his vehicle or see what it was that he struck.