CANTON, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors confirm the driver suspected of striking and killing a 74-year-old man in Canton over the weekend was an off-duty police officer.

Police say Ralph Hawkins was struck by a pickup truck as he stood in a neighbor’s driveway Saturday morning. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the pickup was not injured and stayed at the scene.

ryanbernat Driver Who Killed Canton Man Was Off Duty Police Officer, DA Says

A pickup truck ran over a man who was standing in his driveway in Canton Saturday. (Image Credit: Ryan Bernat/WBZ-TV)

The Norfolk district attorney’s office said Monday the driver is a police officer from a neighboring community who was not acting in any official capacity. The office didn’t disclose a name because no charges have been filed.

The Enterprise reports the driver is a Stoughton police sergeant who in 2012 received a valor award for rescuing several hostages and arresting a suspect during an armed robbery.

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Comments (2)
  1. Why aren’t you giving the public the name of this off-duty officer? This is a public record but yet many media outlets are not saying the name! If it was a civilian they would be blowing this person identity up. I call Bull*&%$! He was speeding and killed a 74-year-old man helping his neighbors. This is a tiny street in Canton with a speed limit 25 MPH. There is no way this Sgt. was traveling 25 mph with the damage done to the tree he took down.

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