UPDATE: Victim Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Crash in Brighton


At about 12:50 PM on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, officers assigned to District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a call for a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle in the area of 1316 Commonwealth Avenue. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim in his eighties suffering from life threatening injuries who was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The operator of the vehicle involved in the incident did not stop or remain on scene. The victim has since been identified as 80-year-old Theodore J. Schwalb of Boston.

Officers later located the suspect vehicle and have now arrested Phocian Fitts, 23, of Brighton, in connection to this incident. The suspect will appear in Brighton District Court on charges of Motor Vehicle Homicide and Leaving the Scene of an Accident after Causing Death.

The Boston Police Department continues to seek the assistance of any members of the community who were in the area at the time of this incident and may have seen or heard anything that may help with the investigation. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word β€˜TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.