Preliminary Investigation Points to Driver Not Being at Fault for Pedestrian's Death in West Roxbury

Francis McInerney, 17, was with friends crossing the VFW Parkway to get a slush at Marino's, when he was struck by a vehicle.

Teary-eyed friends of Francis McInerney stood across from the spot on the VFW Parkway where the last night, trying to make sense of the tragedy.

"He was always generous. He didn't care. He loved life. He did what he wanted. It just sucks," said Brendan Deady, of his friend. "He loved hanging around with his friends and was very social."

McInerney, 17, of West Roxbury, was one of six teenagers crossing the VFW Parkway at Gardner Street before 10 p.m. and was struck by a motor vehicle. He was pronounced dead around 1 a.m. at Brigham and Women's Hospital, said the the Suffolk County District Attorney's office through a press release.

At a telephone pole a small memorial for McInerney was growing as young men, many Catholic Memorial students, were placing items at the pole including a gallon of milk, blue Powerade, and sunflower plant.

"He was nice. If you needed something, he'd give it to you," said Danny Downs, a friend of McInerney.

Downs and Deady both said that McInerney was funny and enjoyed playing sports and working with computers.

Downs said that McInerney was crossing the street to get a slush at .

Suffolk Country District Attorney Dan Conley spoke about the accident and the ongoing investigation, “The driver whose car struck Francis did not exhibit any signs of intoxication or impairment. The preliminary analysis of the scene didn’t suggest that he was traveling at an excessive rate of speed or operating erratically, but the collision analysis experts will provide us far greater detail on both of those points. I can say that he stopped his car immediately, remained at the scene, and has cooperated fully with investigators so far.

“As an alum of Catholic Memorial School, and as a father of two children myself, I am terribly saddened by this news. My heart goes out to Francis’ parents, loved ones, friends, teachers, and classmates. As District Attorney, I promise them a full investigation into last night’s tragic events and a thorough account of all the facts once they are known.”

Conley added, “The loss of Francis McInerney’s life on VFW Parkway last night is a terrible tragedy for his family, his friends, and the Catholic Memorial School community. That tragedy is compounded by the fact that they must now mourn his loss at what should have been a time of celebration as Francis completed his junior year and prepared for a bright future as a senior and a promising young man."

WestieMom June 16, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Such a tragedy. Francis is surely at peace in heaven with the Lord and may God comfort all his loved ones.
L June 16, 2011 at 02:15 PM
A tragedy for a family and a community. This is the second student in the junior class at CM to pass away in a few months. May both young men rest in peace and may the students of CM become better men as they struggle with their losses.
Tim White June 16, 2011 at 02:55 PM
I grew up with his mom and dad. My heart is heavy for their loss. God bless the McInerney and Malone families.
Mike Kilgannon June 16, 2011 at 05:15 PM
God help guide the familiy and friend through their tragic loss. My thoughts and paryers are with them.
jack barry May 27, 2012 at 05:01 PM
How did the authorities conclude that the car driver, who was repeatedly video'd at speeds near 60mph, ..was, when he killed the pedestrian...NOT speeding.? Did the BPD use any kind of "accident deconstruction specialists", at all? My gut tells me the motorist's speed was an enormous factor.... I guess he had suddenly decided to drive within the speed limit, before hitting the young man. Of course. jack barry


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