State Police report arresting a Dorchester man on charges he plowed into a woman walking across Day Boulevard near K Street in South Boston on Dec. 2, sending her to the hospital with serious injuries.
John Murphy, 64, was looking at his phone when he hit the woman around 7:15 a.m. with his 2005 Lincoln Town Car. In addition to causing his victim injuries, Murphy damaged his car, according to State Police, who say that after the crash, Murphy rented a car after bringing his to a local shop to have his damaged driver's side side-view mirror replaced.
Murphy was scheduled for arraignment this afternoon in South Boston Municipal Court on charges of operating to endanger, leaving the scene of a crash causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, operating after suspension, operating while texting, tampering with evidence and a crosswalk violation, State Police say.
Last month, Gov. Baker signed a bill to prohibit drivers from using handheld electronic devices behind the wheel. It goes into effect in February.