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Man killed in Natick parking lot incident

The man killed on Tuesday afternoon in Natick when he was struck by a vehicle in a mall parking lot was a retired father of six who also leaves behind five grandchildren, his family said.

Law enforcement officials identified the victim as Kenneth A. McDonald, 73, of Hopkinton. He was struck in the parking lot at the Cloverleaf Mall on Speen Street by a driver who is in her 80s, according to Natick police.

McDonald “enjoyed life,” said his eldest daughter, Robyn Letendre, 39, in a phone interview on Wednesday. “He was always the life of the party.”

Letendre said McDonald had been a field engineer and enjoyed working with his hands in retirement. In addition, he volunteered at Faith Community Church of Hopkinton and with the Boy Scouts. He was coming out of a hardware store at the mall when he was struck.


“He liked to tinker with his tools, he loved to work out in the yard, he loved to joke around,” Letendre said. “He was just a fun-loving guy to be around.”

She said the family is expecting more grandchildren in the coming months.

“Unfortunately, he won’t be seeing them,” Letendre said.

The fatal crash occurred at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday and also injured two other pedestrians, as well as the driver, whom authorities have not identified because the investigation is pending. No criminal charges have been brought in the case.

All of the injured parties, including McDonald and the driver, were taken to area hospitals, Natick police said in a statement. McDonald was pronounced dead at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham.

As of Wednesday morning, the surviving victims were listed in stable condition, police said.

Asked what may have caused the crash, Natick Police Chief James Hicks said in an e-mail that “the investigation is still continuing to evaluate the mechanical parts of the vehicle, road/light conditions, etc. All part of the investigation.”


The police statement said the “accident remains under investigation by both the Natick Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police as well as the Middlesex district attorney’s office.”

District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office described the investigation as “open and active” in a brief statement.

In addition to his children and grandchildren, McDonald leaves four sisters and his wife, Marilyn, said Letendre. She said a funeral will be held at Faith Community Church.

Globe correspondent Felicia Gans contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.