BOSTON (CBS) – A retired Cambridge police officer charged in a hit and run crash in Boston says he didn’t realize he had struck a person with his car on Wednesday morning.

Lawrence Stead, 69, of Quincy, faced a judge on Thursday in Boston Municipal Court. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in personal injury.

Stead told officers he was coming from his job as an overnight security guard at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

An attorney for Stead told the judge that his client was aware that he had hit something, and actually stopped the car on Mass Ave. The attorney claims Stead got out of his car, but didn’t see anything, so he drove home.

Witnesses said the driver involved in the crash stopped the car about 75 feet away from the accident, and inspected the vehicle before driving off.

Those witnesses were able to provide police with the car’s license plate number.

Stead later told police that he saw the reports the crash on the news and was about to turn himself in on Wednesday when officers arrived at his home.

The victim in the crash was crossing the street in front of the Mass. Ave. T station when he was hit. He is in critical condition and has not been identified.

The judge imposed the $1,100 bail Stead posted last night following his arrest. His next court date is July 9.



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