Driver cited in crash that killed pedestrian in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WHDH) — The driver accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian in Cambridge last Friday has been cited for negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Police cited a 54-year-old Methuen man for negligent operation in connection with the commercial dump truck crash that killed 27-year-old Jie Zhao on Oct. 5.

The driver, whose name has not been released, reportedly remained on the scene following the fatal crash.

After a preliminary investigation, police say the driver was traveling on Putnam Avenue around 6:45 p.m. when he attempted to turn onto Magazine Street, first backing up his vehicle and striking the victim.

Zhao was pronounced dead on the scene.

The investigation is ongoing and a court date has not been scheduled.

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