Striking Verizon worker struck by replacement worker in Boylston

A Verizon worker on strike was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Boylston on Tuesday.

According to Boylston Police, around 8:05 a.m. they received two anonymous phone calls reporting a crash involving a truck and a picketer.

This is the second time a worker has been struck while striking this month.

Anthony Davenport, 48 of Holden, was picketing at the Verizon facility on Shrewsbury Street when he was struck by a contractor truck.

Police said Davenport was transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck, Kevin Goodale, 37 of Bethel, Vermont, was driving a 1999 Kenworth pole digging truck owned by Verizon contractor Eustis Cable Enterprises Limited of Brookfield, Vermont.

After hitting Davenport, Goodale left the scene after taking a co-worker’s car, police said.

After voluntarily returning to the site of the crash, Goodale was arrested and transported to the Boylston Police Station, where he was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, operation with a suspended driver’s license, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

He was arraigned at Clinton District Court and held on $5,000 bail. His attorney said in court the protesters were the ones who were being aggressive.

Prosecutors disagreed, saying he was driving on a suspended license.

He is set to return to court on June 2.

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