The Suffolk County District Attorney's office says there's nobody to charge for the way Boston University professor David Jones died by falling 20 feet through missing stairs outside the JFK/UMass Red Line stop last September.
In a brief statement, acting DA Kevin Hayden said:
Any death is a tragedy and his family, loved ones, students, and colleagues continue to mourn his untimely passing. Based on a thorough and careful review of the evidence, however, we have determined that criminal charges are not warranted in connection with Dr. Jones’ death.
Hayden's statement does not discuss how Jones, an avid runner, got on the staircase, which the state had blocked off 20 months earlier., but says he had started running up the stairs from the area of the station before falling to his death.
In the days after the public-health professor died, state agencies pointed fingers at each other over just who was responsible for doing something about the stairs. Days after his death, MassDOT workers simply removed the entire staircase.