BOSTON (CBS) — Rusted out stairs near the JFK/UMass MBTA station have been removed, one week after Boston University professor David Jones fell to his death from the Dorchester staircase while out on a run.
New warning signs went up around the staircase last week. When SkyEye flew over the area on Monday morning, the stairs had been taken down entirely.READ MORE: Record Fall Warmth: An Unprecedented Autumn In New England
Massachusetts State Police said the stairs had been deemed unsafe and had been closed for about 20 months. A jersey barrier and chain link fence previously blocked the top entrance to Columbia Road.
But Jones’ family released a statement saying his death could have been prevented.READ MORE: As Pediatricians Get Ready To Give COVID Vaccine To Children, Some Doctors Say Review The Data
“Our lives were changed forever last weekend with the sudden, tragic and preventable passing. Our hope is that this unimaginable tragic loss will foster a renewed commitment to create safe and healthy environments for all people,” the family said in a statement.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said the stairs were demolished this weekend.
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office is investigating Jones’ death.MORE NEWS: 'We Thought It Was Going To Explode' Fans On Way To ALCS At Fenway Talk About Houston Plane Crash
Boston University has planned a memorial service for Thursday.