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Suspect in Back Bay hit and run appears in court

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Lawrence Stead, 69, was arrested after a hit and run in Roxbury on Wednesday. Lawrence Stead, 69, was arrested after a hit and run in Roxbury on Wednesday.
BOSTON (WHDH) - A former Cambridge police officer accused of running over a man in the Back Bay appeared in court Thursday morning.

Lawrence Stead, 69, of Quincy, who served with the Cambridge Police for 25 years, allegedly ran over a man in his 50s on Mass. Ave near the Orange Line T station. That man was seriously injured.

A police report said Stead had just finished an overnight shift as a security guard at the Wentworth Institute of Technology and was driving to a grocery store near his home at about 6:00 a.m.

Stead told police he didn't see any damage to his vehicle and didn't see anyone struck in the street - but he said it was dark. He did notice damage later.

"The defendant stated that he had seen the incident on the news. He was going to turn himself in," said Prosecutor Emily Hamrock.

witnesses saw Stead's car and told Boston Police his plate number. Officers were able to track down the vehicle and subsequently arrest Stead.

"If he was involved in this, he feels terrible. Thoughts and prayers are with this individual," said Defense Attorney William Hogan.

Stead walked out free on $1,100 bail. The judge denied the requests to up the bail to $10,000 cash and to take away his driving privileges. She said the registry can do that if it wants to.
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