Tow Truck Driver Brutally Stabbed After Accidentally Striking, Killing Woman Crossing The Street

Update: The deceased has been identified as Benita A. Horner, 68, of Belmont, MA. Her son Philip Horner, 38, was arraigned today on charges of armed assault among other charges. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and he was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a 20-day mental health evaluation. The tow truck driver has also been identified as Thomas P. Fogerty, 60. He was treated for multiple stab wounds at a local hospital. The investigation is still ongoing, but no charges have been filed against Mr. Fogerty at this time. Mr. Horner is due back in court on October 10.

(original report)

Watertown, Massachusetts – A tragic, fatal and downright bizarre incident took place yesterday at an intersection in the heart of Watertown, MA. According to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, a tow truck struck a woman believed to be in her late 60s or early 70s as she attempted to cross the street around 11:20 a.m. Witnesses say she was not in a cross-walk at the time she was struck. The woman was pinned underneath the truck and sadly suffered fatal injuries.

The tow truck driver was then attacked and stabbed 5 times according to authorities. The attacker is believed to be the son of the woman who was killed in the accident. Witnesses say as they heard the attacker yell “You killed my mom!” as he was stabbing the tow truck driver repeatedly in the torso. Then witnesses say they could hear the tow truck driver screaming back, “I didn’t see her! I didn’t see her!” as he was fleeing the attacker for his life.

Courtesy of CBS Boston

The tow truck driver was able to escape the truck on foot and ran as the attacker chased him. The attacker was subdued and arrested. Footage of the arrest can be seen in the video above courtesy of CBS Boston‘s YouTube page.

The identities of those involved have not yet been released. “We are in the process of notifying the next of kin so we are not releasing the identification of anyone at this point,” District Attorney Marian Ryan said at the press conference. The attacker remains in custody and the tow truck driver was treated for his injuries at a local hospital.

Witnesses spoke to several news outlets in the Boston area including NBC 10 Boston and their statements were shared via Twitter by reporter Jonathan Choe:

 

 

Here’s more from initial reports of the incident from CBS Boston.

 

 
 

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