Retired Police Officer Allegedly Involved in Boston Hit-and-run Out on Bail

(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik, Boston) - Retired Cambridge Police Officer Lawrence Stead, who has been accused in a hit-and-run in Boston, was released on bail Wednesday night.

According to Boston Police, his bail was set at $10,000. A family member posted the bail and Stead was released at 8:30 p.m.

As he walked out, he had no comment and said nothing.

Police allege that around 6 a.m., Stead hit a man with his car on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston, across from the Massachusetts Avenue MBTA Station, and then left the scene.

Shortly after, the victim's shoe could be seen on the median of the street, and the cart he was pushing was also right nearby. Police say the victim is in critical condition at Boston Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

At the Captain's Cove Apartments in Quincy, there was disbelief among Stead's neighbors.

"He's a very nice person," said one resident.

It's the same place where the District Attorney's Office says police recovered Stead's car.

At Stead's apartment, a woman who identified herself as his wife was audibly upset.

She told NECN to go away and that, "I don't want to discuss this with anybody, my husband gave me his word not to speak to the public."

Cambridge Police confirm Stead was an officer their for decades and retired in 2009.

He's charged with one count of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident causing personal injury. His formal arraignment is set for Thursday morning in Boston Municipal Court at 9 a.m. 

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