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Man charged with slamming stolen pickup into Public Garden pillar in crash that seriously injured pedestrian

Boston Police report arresting the man they say sent a woman to the hospital with life-threatening injuries at Boylston and Charles streets yesterday afternoon after he crashed into a large granite pillar, showering her with heavy debris.

Police say that after Keith Andrade, 58, crashed, shortly after 4:20 p.m., he got out of the pickup and "casually" walked across Charles and tried to blend in with all the onlookers attracted by the sound of the carnage. Police say Andrade then stuck around - officers arrested him around 8:30 p.m. on the other side of the Common, at Washington and School streets in Downtown Crossing.

Andrade was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, driving without a license, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation and leaving the scene of a motor-vehicle accident causing personal injury, police say, adding he was already wanted on two Boston warrants for pickpocketing.

Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License, Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Personal Injury. Additionally, Andrade had two active warrants out of Boston District Court for Larceny from a Person.

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But when the jury hears "...Andrade then stuck around" I hope they vote to convict all all charges, including any superseding ones that may arise.

Innocent, etc.

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.... he picked any pockets while blending into the crowd.

Glad to hear he’s caught and no longer driving and
I hope the injured pedestrian will recover.

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The truck was a firefighters who parked on boylston st by the fire house and left his keys in the truck.

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Shut down Charles Street to cars. I’ve been saying this for years. It’s so stupid to have a road between the common and public garden.

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This was a drug addict who stole a car and crashed. Why punish the rest of the city, state, country?

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You seem to want to close all roads. Hard to believe you really think this one is different.

Plus, they are separate parks. Separated... By a road.

. Shut down Charles Street to cars. I’ve been saying this for years. It’s so stupid to have a road between the common and public garden.

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The guy has but one thing in his life- a blind hatred of motor vehicles. Give him this, at least until the time he realizes that so much in his life depends on motor vehicles. Then it will be time for him to, I dunno, enter a monastery, or move to the wood of Maine and live off the land.

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Just because utter dependence on the automobile has become the norm, doesn't mean it's the only conceivable norm, nor that people who speak out against it are crazy or wrong. Lots of things big and small are the accepted norm until they aren't: slavery, male-only voting, segregated schools, smoking in bars and restaurants, shunning and harassment of gays, etc...

We might acknowledge that, in part due to effective lobbying by the auto industry, American public policy across a number of areas has, for the past 75 years or so, been organized so as to confer maximum benefit on people who want to drive everywhere, pretty much at the expense of everyone else. The fact that the world has been transformed into one in which it is hard for many to conceive of normal life without driving, does not mean that the transformation was not a gross economic distortion. Conceivably, it might be time for the auto lobby to shut up and take a seat for a while.

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if public transportation in this general area were better, the need for cars would not be so great.

Secondly, owning a car doesn't mean a person is crazy or wrong, either.

Thirdly, an awful lot of people are not willing to risk taking public transportation when we're in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, which thanks to the criminally irresponsible handling of the Pandemic by Donald Trump and his Administration in Washington, and the fact that so many people, including MBTA workers, etc., as well as tons of other people, who refuse to wear masks and to social distance, and insist on flouting those rules. Having said all of the above, it's not hard to understand why many people opt to drive their cars wherever they go. Moreover, not everybody lives within walking distance of various places, including work, or near public transportation, either.

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Was the Public Garden land and the Public Garden land ever once one parcel? Maybe not because Charles Street is one of the original Boston Streets and maybe at once was a dirt road that divided the 2 parcels? Please help Boston Historians with archive maps. Nevertheless, the point is someone stole a very expensive municipal vehicle and caused a bad thing to another innocent pedestrian life. How could a vehicle like that get stolen at that time of day? So many questions.

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Public Garden is landfill as is all Back Bayc Charles St is the Charles River tidal shoreline.
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Charles Street is called that because it once was the edge of the Charles River.

The Boston Common was dry land when Boston was founded. The Public Garden was water. It was the first land created by the filling of Back Bay.

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the point is someone stole a very expensive municipal vehicle

Want the vehicle in question someone’s privately owned SUV?

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Because GOD FORBID someone who is disabled need to use a motor vehicle to get to a doctor's appointment at say... Mass. General.

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It's normally just an "accident" if you run down a pedestrian with a pickup but there may be repercussions if:

  • you are intoxicated
  • you are operating a stolen vehicle
  • you don't have a valid driver's license
  • you have outstanding warrants
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Wow, no well-wishes for the victim
of the hit and run... just inane ramblings. Hateful.

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So you are saying that the guy was able to steal a government vehicle who can qualify "yes" for all of your responses in your comment and that's the reason he gets away with it at the scene and walks away calmly. Thank you. So why are so many drivers fucked up and getting away with car crashes? They may get caught eventially by police but then the judge turns him out again through the evolving door sooner than later. And the dude is still addicted and rinses and repeats.

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Any comment starting with "So you are saying that" is pretty much dishonest bullshit, as in this example here.

(Also, wasn't a government vehicle)

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I.E., all the qualifications to be allowed back on the scene.

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Even if one hits a pedestrian by accident, whether it be by a regular car, a pick-up-truck (which is considered a car), or an SUV or whatever, there are repercussions, even if one has a driver's license, is sober, is operating a vehicle that they legally own and didn't steal, is or without any outstanding warrants.

If the person that a driver hits dies, the repercussions are even steeper, but even in the event that a person who's hit by a car does survive and recover, there are still repercussions, such as license revocation, a jail sentence, and compulsory defensive driving courses or whatever.

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Are pickpockets still a problem in the city and on the MBTA?

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I'd say...probably.

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