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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A father's plea


With authorities unable to locate the motorist who caused a fatal Hopkinton hit-and-run accident in September, the father of the victim issued a public plea today urging the driver to step forward voluntarily.

Michael MacDonald, 25, of Newton was killed on Sept. 16 while trying to cross Route 495 after the car in which he was a passenger broke down. His father, James MacDonald, called the loss a "terrible tragedy," in a statement released by the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office.

"Michael was a caring son, brother, grandson, cousin, nephew, and friend," the elder MacDonald said in the statement. "As his father, I not only lost my best friend, but the joy of fatherhood, and his positive impact he would continue to have on others."

"Nothing will ever take away our pain. However, one of our needs is knowing who was driving the car that morning. We can’t imagine a person or persons living with this secret. It is human nature that this tragedy will consume you and others with the pain and anxiety, along with the fear and the legal consequences, for the rest of your life."

"We have so much pain in our hearts but through the pain we try to remember that people are generally good. We realize that this was not an intentional act and it is a tragedy for all involved. The truth will set you free."

Authorities have said they know little about the car that hit MacDonald at about 4:35 a.m., except that it was mid-sized and dark in color. Prosecutors have urged anyone with information about the case to call the State Police Barracks in Millbury at 508-929-3232, or the State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office at 617-679-6600.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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