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A horrific Massachusetts car accident has resulted in the death of a 38-year-old man and critical injuries to the 4-year-old daughter of his girlfriend. The fatal car accident occurred in Whitman at around 2 p.m. on a recent Sunday. The man was crossing the street, along with the young girl on her pink bicycle, when tragedy struck. He was thrown about 10 feet from the crash, and the bicycle ended up underneath the front portion of the pickup truck which struck them.

Details of the crash were sparse, though a throng of neighbors rushed out of their houses when they heard the collision. One noted that it sounded like a rear-end collision but does not recall hearing the screeching of brakes. The male victim was said to have rushed to save the girl and thus received the majority of the impact from the vehicle. The girl apparently awakened during the ambulance trip to the hospital and was crying for her mother. She was subsequently reported in stable condition at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Neighbors noted that the roadway was dangerous. Other accidents have apparently occurred at the same location, though this was said to be different because it involved two pedestrians. Few details of the crash itself were disclosed, and it is unclear what caused the pickup to strike the pair. The driver is a 46-year-old Attleboro resident.

No one can dispute the fact that police officers put themselves in danger every day. But sometimes the danger comes from unexpected places. A Westfield, Massachusetts, officer was killed when a dump truck hit him while he was directing traffic at a construction site. No charges have been filed but OSHA is investigating the fatal accident.

Jose Torres, a 27-year-veteran of the Westfield Police Department, was working the construction detail when he was injured. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where he died shortly thereafter from his injuries. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Torres had been cited at least two times during his career for heroism. He thwarted an attempted suicide in 1996 by climbing a fire escape and stopping a man from jumping. When the man jumped back through another window to escape Torres, he caused permanent scarring to the officer’s face. In 2000, Torres was charged with the responsibility of stopping speeding vehicles and barely escaped injury when he used a ‘stinger spike’ to stop a car.

A murder inside Harvard University has spawned a wrongful death lawsuit by the victim’s mother against the Massachusetts university, as well as three Harvard officials who held positions of authority in the dormitory where the murder took place. In a slight twist, the murderer and the victim were not even students at the university. Nevertheless, the victim’s mother claims a wrongful death occurred, in part, because Harvard knew or should have known that the murderer was conducting a criminal drug enterprise within the dormitory.

The man said to be behind the whole affair was convicted of first-degree murder in April 2011. He has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Two codefendants in that criminal proceeding copped deals with prosecutors, and one testified against the shooter at trial.

The fatal incident happened on May 18, 2009. The murderer was living in the Lowell House dormitory with his girlfriend, a Harvard student. She had apparently given him her Harvard identification card to allow him access to university buildings. The lawsuit alleges that he was running a drug business from inside Lowell House, and the victim was lured to the location and murdered, all as part of the criminal drug activities. The victim was apparently accosted for cash and marijuana, which he refused to hand over and for which he was shot dead.