A Massachusetts probation officer charged with raping a woman he was assigned to supervise has died in a car crash the day before he was scheduled to be arraigned.
Police say 50-year-old William Averill was killed shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday on Route 28 in Randolph. Police say his car left the road and hit a bridge abutment. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Averill, who was assigned to Dorchester Municipal Court and lived in Boston's West Roxbury neighborhood, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges including rape and indecent assault and battery.
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Prosecutors say Averill assaulted a woman Jan. 5 when she reported to his office.
Averill's lawyer notified prosecutors of the death. The attorney says Averill's family is "completely devastated" by his death, which remains under investigation.