An 18-year-old Malden man was killed Thursday morning when he tried to run across Route 128 in Newton and was hit by vehicles on both the northbound and southbound lanes of the highway, State Police said.
Reishaun Michael Hopkins was employed by the Honey Dew Donuts shop located in the Newton rest area and was normally scheduled to work the day shift, State Police said.
“We were deeply saddened to hear this news, and our condolences go out to the family,” Bob Hogan, the owner and operator of the store, said through a spokesman.
Before graduating from Malden High School, Hopkins spent three years playing basketball for the Malden Neighborhood Basketball League, where he once set a record for 3-point shots with 41 in a 14-game season, according to league officials.
“He was a great kid,” said Joe Young, his former basketball coach. “He was a hard worker, tried to stay out of trouble the best he could. He loved basketball, was always playing basketball no matter what.”
Young said he assumed that Hopkins was trying to get to work when he was struck on Route 128. “As far as I know, he didn’t drive,” Young said. “I used to give him rides to practice and to the games.”
Hopkins had been trying to get a job and was just recently hired at the Honey Dew Donuts shop, Young said.
“He worked hard to get where he was,” Young said. “He was just working, was trying to get this job. He finally got it, and that’s all he was doing right now. He didn’t want to go to college right now, but he wanted to work.”
Hopkins was apparently crossing the highway on foot around 6:30 a.m. when he was hit by a vehicle traveling northbound, State Police said. The impact sent Hopkins over the concrete median dividing the highway and into the southbound lanes, where he was hit by another vehicle.
Hopkins, who was pronounced dead at the scene, landed within sight of the doughnut shop on the southbound side of Route 128, which in that area is also called Interstate 95.
No charges have been filed against the drivers involved, State Police said. The investigation is continuing. During the investigation, State Police closed two lanes, one in each direction, causing major rush hour traffic congestion. The road was fully open by 10 a.m.Lisa Kocian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.