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Needham rail death was 'tragic accident'

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Globe Correspondent / June 26, 2008

The 15-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a commuter train Tuesday in Boston's Roslindale section was described yesterday as an outgoing, friendly student who was involved in activities at Walpole High School.

Nicholas Scaringello was from West Roxbury, but lived during the school year with an aunt in Walpole, School Superintendent Lincoln D. Lynch III of Walpole said yesterday.

Lynch issued a statement saying that Nicholas had just finished his freshman year at Walpole High and was an active, "outgoing, friendly student," who recently attended a freshman class cruise.

In comments provided by Lynch, the school's athletic director, Danny Villa said Scaringello had played on the school's freshman football team and was a "very positive influence on the other kids on the team."

The school will offer counseling to students for the rest of the week, Lynch said.

MBTA Transit Police Lieutenant Detective Mark Gillespie said it appears, based on a preliminary investigation, that the boy and a 15-year-old friend were walking along the tracks when they were surprised by an eastbound express train near the Bellevue Station in Roslindale. The other teen was uninjured.

"It does not appear to be operator error at this point," Gillespie said. "It's just a tragic accident where the young boys were in an area that's an extreme hazard."

He said the boys may have had a false sense of security because a westbound train had just passed on the single track.

The boys appeared to have been running for the platform when one of them was hit, Gillespie said.

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