Interim Brockton police chief hit by car while riding bike

The interim police chief of Brockton was taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon after he was hit by a car while riding his bike in Hingham, police said.

Robert E. Hayden Jr.,72, was hit by a 2014 Dodge Journey while riding a bike on Hull Street about 3:45 p.m. Sunday. He was taken to the South Shore Hospital, where he was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, Hingham Police Sergeant Steven Dearth said in a statement.

Hayden had three broken ribs and cuts on his legs, according to Bob Buckley, the chief of staff for Brockton’s mayor.


“He is in the hospital resting comfortably,” Buckley said.

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Lauren McGonagle, 34, was driving the car, but is not being charged, police said.

Before the crash, the car and Hayden were traveling southbound on Hull Street. As the vehicle approached the bicyclist, Hayden turned left and attempted to cross the street, Dearth said in the statement.

McGonagle apparently attempted to swerve around Hayden, but he struck the side of her car.

Hayden, a 28-year veteran of the Boston police, took the position in January.


In March, Hayden broke his nose and needed stitches after he fell while hiking in Williamstown, Buckley said.

Hayden is also being treated for cancer, Buckley said.

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