A Boston College professor died in an accident on Saturday when he reportedly fell by way of a staircase throughout from the JFK/UMass MBTA station.
David K. Jones, 40, of Milton, was discovered throughout from the station at 599 Previous Colony Ave. round 1:30 p.m. Saturday, in line with David Procopio, a spokesman for state police, in an announcement.
A passerby noticed Jones’s physique below the steps and referred to as police, Procopio mentioned. By way of investigation, police decided that Jones, who was lifeless on the scene, was laying below a stairway that connects Previous Colony Highway and the Columbia Highway overpass, he mentioned. There was a spot above the place he was discovered.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the steps had been deemed unsafe and closed for roughly 20 months,” Procopio mentioned.
There was a wire fence across the backside of the staircase close to Previous Colony Highway, and chainlink fencing and a barrier on the prime close to Columbia Highway, in line with state police.
Jones was an affiliate professor with BU’s Division of Well being Legislation, Coverage and Administration, in line with Sandro Galea, Dean of the college’s College of Public Well being, in a statement.
“In reality I’ve no phrases to explain the devastation of this information,” Galea mentioned. “David joined the College of Public Well being in 2014. He has, since then, been an exemplary member of our neighborhood.
“He was founding Editor-in-Chief of the Public Well being Submit, he was awarded AUPHA’s John D. Thompson Prize for Younger Investigators, AcademyHealth’s Excellent Dissertation Award, and the BU College of Public Well being Excellence in Instructing Award,” Galea mentioned of Jones’s achievements. “He cared deeply about bridging analysis and coverage, and performed work in locations so far as France and the Mississippi Delta.”
Jones leaves behind his spouse, Sarah, and three kids, Olivia, Anne, and Thomas, according to a GoFundMe set as much as profit his household. As of Monday morning, over $45,000 had been raised with a said aim of $100,000.
“Above all David was a beautiful human being, dwelling with integrity and a deep dedication to all we do,” Galea mentioned. “I’ve so beloved all my interactions with David, I can not actually think about what it means to not have David as a part of our neighborhood.”
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