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Malden Neighborhood Basketball League mourns loss of Reishaun Hopkins

Posted by Marcia Dick  January 4, 2013 08:34 AM

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Reishaun Hopkins with Ken Mazonson, commissioner of the Malden Neighborhood Basketball League.

An 18-year-old Malden man who was trying to get to work at a new job was killed Thursday morning when he tried to run across Route 128 in Newton and was hit by vehicles on both the northbound and southbound lanes of the highway, State Police said.

Reishaun Michael Hopkins was employed by the Honey Dew Donuts shop located in the Newton rest area and was scheduled to work the day shift, State Police said.

“We were deeply saddened to hear this news, and our condolences go out to the family,” Bob Hogan, the owner and operator of the store, said through a spokesman.

“As far as I know, he didn’t drive," said Joe Young, Hopkins’ basketball coach in the Malden Neighborhood Basketball League. I used to give him rides to practice and to the games.”

Ken Mazonson, the founder and commissioner of the MNBL, said Hopkins is the third player on the Celtics team to die in an auto accident in the last eight years.

“The State Police said he was running across 128 to get to work,” Mazonson said. “My guess is, I don’t think he drove or had a car, so I’m guessing he had a ride. Probably, the ride left him off the northbound side and he had across to the southbound side.”

Before graduating from Malden High, Hopkins spent three years playing MNBL where he once set a record for 3-pointers with 41 in a 14-game season. Hopkins led the Celtics to the championship last winter and he was supposed to join his former teammates in a banner-raising ceremony Jan. 13 at the Ferryway School.

“He was a great kid,” Young said. “He was a hard-worker, tried to stay out of trouble the best he could. He loved basketball, was always playing basketball no matter what.”

Young, who knew Hopkins since the eighth grade, said he was a phenomenal player, but was discouraged from playing for the high school team after getting cut his sophomore year.

Young said Hopkins had been trying to get a job and was just recently hired at the Honey Dew Donuts.

“He worked hard to get where he was,” Young said. “He was just working, was trying to get this job, he finally got it. And that’s all he was doing right now. He didn’t want to go to college right now, but he wanted to work.”

Hopkins was apparently crossing the highway on foot around 6:30 a.m. when he was hit by a vehicle traveling northbound, State Police said. The impact sent Hopkins over the concrete median dividing the highway and into the southbound lanes, where he was hit by another vehicle.

Hopkins, who was pronounced dead at the scene, landed within sight of the doughnut shop on the southbound side of Route 128, which in that area is also called Interstate 95.

No charges have been filed against the drivers involved, State Police said. The investigation is continuing.

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