Driver Of Stolen Pickup Truck In Boston Public Garden Crash Arrested

BOSTON (CBS) – A homeless man has been charged in a horrific pickup truck crash at the entrance to the Boston Public Garden that left a woman critically hurt. Keith Andrade, 58  was ordered held on $20,000 bail at his arraignment in municipal court Friday afternoon.


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According to WBZ-TV I-Team sources, a firefighter left the truck running outside the Boylston Street fire station Thursday afternoon when a man stole it and took off. A short time later, it crashed through the garden gate at the corner of Boylston and Charles Street South.

A woman who had been walking on the sidewalk was pinned under the debris. A nurse and a doctor rushed to help her before she was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“She grabbed the victim’s hand in an attempt to pull her out of the way.  She tripped on her high heel and was consequently unable to get out of the way to avoid being struck,” said prosecutor Colleen O’Neill.

According to the police report, she was entering the garden with a friend when they heard a “loud sound” and saw a pickup truck coming at them at a “rapid rate of speed.” The woman tripped on a high heel and couldn’t get out of the way before she was hit.

Witnesses said the driver, later identified by police as Andrade, simply walked away.

About four hours later, police said they found the man who fit the description of the driver at Washington Street and School Street. When officers approached him they said he gave them another name. Police discovered he had two active warrants for larceny and arrested him.

Andrade is facing several charges including larceny of a motor vehicle, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and leaving the scene of an accident.

In court Friday, Andrade’s attorney said his client has been misidentified.

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Man charged with crashing stolen pickup truck into Public Garden fence, seriously injuring pedestrian

A Boston man was charged with stealing a pickup truck in downtown Boston Thursday and then seriously injuring a woman when he crashed the vehicle into a fence at the Public Garden, Boston police said Friday.

Keith M. Andrade,58, is to be arraigned Friday in Boston Municipal Court on charges including larceny of a motor vehicle, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in personal injury, police said.

The woman, whose name was not released, suffered life-threatening injuries. She was walking near the intersection of Boylston and Charles streets when she was hit around 4:23 p.m. by the dark-colored pickup truck, police wrote in a posting on

“Witnesses on scene provided a description of the [driver] who was observed fleeing the scene by casually walking across Charles Street attempting to blend in with the crowd,” police wrote, but officers were not able to locate him despite searching the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Later Thursday night, officers spotted a man who matched the description of the driver walking near Washington and School streets in downtown and started to have a conversation with him, police wrote.

The man “identified himself and officers immediately discovered he had provided an alias,” police wrote.

The man was eventually identified as Andrade,who was being sought on two active arrest warrants. Police determined Andrade was the alleged driver and formally arrested him, police said.

Andrade also faces two pending charges of larceny from a person.

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Woman struck by stolen vehicle suffers life-threatening injuries at Boston Public Garden, police say

A woman walking around the Boston Public Garden suffered life-threatening injuries in a car crash on Thursday, and police are searching for the driver who took off running from the stolen pickup truck that hit her.

a statue of a person: BOSTON, MA: October 1, 2020: First Responders at the scene of a serious pedestrian accident on Charles and Boylston Streets in Boston, Massachusetts.(Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

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BOSTON, MA: October 1, 2020: First Responders at the scene of a serious pedestrian accident on Charles and Boylston Streets in Boston, Massachusetts.(Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Police said the call came in at 4:22 p.m. for reports of a person struck at the corner of Boylston and Charles streets. The woman who was hit suffered life-threatening injuries, police said, and authorities were making “full notifications,” which is done when someone either has died or might die — though she was still fighting for her life two hours later in a local hospital.


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Witness Antonio Avanti was waiting for the light on Boylston when he heard the crash and then saw smoke. He told the Herald he jumped out of his car and saw what appeared to be a young woman lying on the ground with people tending to her.

“She had an angel — there was somebody with blue scrubs who was helping her,” Avanti said.

The vehicle — a black Chevrolet Colorado, he said — had jumped the curb and smashed into the iron fencing and stone pillars that form an entrance to the Public Garden at the corner of the two streets, the Boston resident said.

Boston Police spokesman Sgt. Detective John Boyle John Boyle said the pickup “had been reported stolen.”

The Chevy pickup truck remained there, propped up on a small pile of debris. Boyle said the woman’s injuries either came from the truck or from the pieces of the column and fence that it struck.

But the person driving the truck took off, fleeing the scene after the crash, Boyle said, and police were searching for the individual in the hours after the crash.

“We’re currently interviewing witnesses and looking for video surveillance,” Boyle said.

The busy roads around the downtown scene remained closed as police investigated.

Avanti said it appeared that the woman had been walking with friends or family — other women who were in shock after the crash.

“It’s just very sad,” Avanti said.

Brendan Kearney of the WalkBoston advocacy group said he counts five fatal crashes in Boston this year, including the one earlier this week in Andrew Square. He said the city should use its current Boston Common master planning project to take a hard look at the wide streets surrounding the pedestrian-heavy parks downtown that “really just invite speeding.”

“These streets — they are built for high speed,” Kearney said, noting other fatal crashes around that area over the past few years. “It doesn’t matter who’s driving, if the truck was stolen or not — we need fewer roads that are overbuilt like this.”

He added that the big-picture question people should be asking is, “How do we reduce speed and make it

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Woman Hit By Stolen Truck On Sidewalk Outside Boston Public Garden

BOSTON (CBS) – A woman walking on the sidewalk was hit by a stolen pickup truck just outside the Boston Public Garden Thursday afternoon.

It happened at the corner of Boylston and Charles Street South. The woman was unresponsive after the crash. A nurse and a doctor rushed to help her before she was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“I heard the screeching of the wheels,” witness Donald Saarela said. “I looked up and I saw the black truck go across the sidewalk. It hit everything and everything just started flying in the air. A lady started screaming.”

“She was under the debris,” Saarela said.

“She was on the ground. Her face was down,” witness Britt Locklin said. “There was just so much blood you couldn’t see her face really.”

According to WBZ-TV I-Team sources, the truck was stolen shortly before the crash. Sources said it belonged to a firefighter who left the truck running outside the Boylston Street fire station a few blocks away. Someone jumped into the truck, and took off down Boylston, before crashing through the gate of the Public Garden.

Witnesses say the driver simply walked away.

“He just got out and just walked across to the other side of the Common, like, as if nothing happened,” Locklin said.

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The truck crashed through the gate of the Public Garden, hitting a woman. (WBZ-TV)

Police are reviewing surveillance video and asking witnesses to come forward with any information they have.

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Rare cheese plant stolen from New Zealand botanical garden ‘could fetch thousands on black market’

A rare indoor plant has been stolen from the Christchurch Botanic Gardens amid a boom in the houseplant industry.

The variegated monstera is hard to come by in New Zealand due to biosecurity laws, making it prized among Kiwi houseplant lovers.

Christchurch plant enthusiast Bridget Rennie told Stuff that even a cutting of the plant could fetch NZ$3,000 (£1,500).

She added: “The leaves are like fingerprints, no two are the same. It’s a very rare, very slow-growing plant. I only know of two people who own that plant.

“I’m angry, I’m disappointed, I’m really sad, every emotion you can imagine.”

Wolfgang Bopp, director of the Botanic Gardens told Stuff that the thief must have been “quite athletic” as they had to have scaled a high safety glass wall to reach the prized plant.

The gardens had begun installing security cameras at the time of the theft, but they were not operational when the daylight theft took place on September 19.

He said that the plant possessed “particularly nice” vegetation.

Mr Bopp added: “The thing I find sad is due to the selfishness of one or two individuals we can no longer share this plant with the public. It was there to be enjoyed.”

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Cocker spaniel returned after being ‘stolen’ from Beechwood Garden, Meopham, Gravesend

A Meopham family are “over the moon” after they were reunited with their missing dog, four months since they believe she was stolen.

Yesterday evening, Cintia Gardner and her family were eating dinner when they spotted Honey, their golden cocker spaniel who had been missing since June , sitting by their back door.

Honey after she was reunited with her family, having been missing since June
Honey after she was reunited with her family, having been missing since June

Moments later, Mrs Gardner received anonymous call from someone instructing her to look in the back garden, before hanging up.

Mrs Gardner, who has two children aged three and eight, said: “No one was out there, it was very dark because there weren’t any street lights. We are over the moon. It’s almost like a miracle. The kids are extremely happy to have her back.

“Honey was very excited last night. She seems well, she’s been well looked after.”

The Beechwood Gardens family have no idea who bought the 21-month-old back or made the anonymous call.

Mrs Cintia said: “The most important thing is Honey is back home with her family where she belongs.”

Honey is now back home has been missing since June 17
Honey is now back home has been missing since June 17

A campaign was launched to find Honey after she vanished from her cul-de-sac home, with a search party launched, posters plastered in the local area and a Facebook group set up.

The spaniel was micro-chipped and wearing a collar with the family’s number on it when she went missing.

The family think Honey might have left her garden through an open gate, following another dog, but they don’t know for sure.

The month the beloved pooch disappeared, a stolen cavapoo called Peanut was found by police wandering along a busy road in Maidstone , three days after he was reported missing.

The Kennel Club, an organisation dedicated to the welfare of dogs, warned during the summer that scams and instances of rip-off merchants illegally selling puppies have sky-rocketed during the coronavirus crisis.

Mrs Gardner thanked Dog Lost UK, an organisation which tries to reunite owners with their pets, for all their assistance.

Kent Police has been contacted for comment.

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