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Police seek driver of Kia SUV for killing somebody with it near Ashmont T stop

Wanted Kia

Boston Police have released a photo of the car with which somebody ran down Qualan Powell and then left him to die at the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Ashmont Street Saturday night.

The vehicle is a light green 2006 Kia Sportage with Massachusetts plates of 7RN971.

Anybody with information can contact homicide detectives at 617-343-4470 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or by texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

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Knowing the license plate (unless fake) and exact vehicle model seems like it would lead straight to the owner of the vehicle. What am I missing?

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Nothing however, that doesn't mean the driver was sitting at home waiting to be arrested. My guess is that the driver and the vehicle are hiding.

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Maybe the owner doesn't actually live at the registered address. Maybe plates were swapped.

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The vehicle may have been stolen.

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I thought of that possibility, but figured the police would have mentioned it.

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They probably have checked the address and figure the car will be dumped or they will try and have the damage fixed.

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Unless this was premeditated murder (and we know car-killings are the best way to get away with that), the driver probably didn't swap plates ahead of time.

If the car was stolen, that would be a reason for the driver to flee, but the plates would be for the car.

This seems like a hard case to prosecute. How could you prove who was driving at the time?

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The car could've been involved in another premeditated crime (e.g., a robbery) where the plates were switched for that, just not for the purpose of killing someone.

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but there's a limited number of people who could plausibly be driving the auto if it wasn't reported as stolen. Check alibis, go from there...

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Perhaps a friend was driving? Owner isn't necessarily the driver.

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The BPD bulletin asks the public for help in finding the vehicle involved in the incident with no mention of the driver whatsoever, despite what the headline says. And unfortunately that error has affected the discussion. Of course this doesn't mean the coops aren't looking for the driver, but it does make a difference in trying to discern exactly what is going on here.

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