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    Man dies after being hit by car on Memorial Drive

    A fatal car crash on Memorial Drive this morning closed the eastbound side of the highway near the Massachusetts Avenue underpass for about two hours, State Police said.

    A preliminary investigation indicates that a car operated by a 24-year-old Brighton man struck a 50-year-old man from Boston at 7 a.m., State Police said. Troopers are investigating why the vehicle struck and killed the pedestrian.

    The victim was was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

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    State Police have not released the names of the driver or the victim.

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    Multiple State Police units, including crash investigators and forensic specialists, were called to the scene.

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    Kiera Blessing can be reached at kiera.blessing@globe.com.