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Man killed by snowplow at Bedford VA

BEDFORD — A 60-year-old man died Sunday after being hit by a snowplow in a parking lot at the Bedford veterans facility where he lived, officials said.

The Department of Veterans Affairs vehicle backed into the man just before 6 p.m. at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital on Springs Road, Bedford police said in a statement.

The man was given CPR, then taken to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The man lived in a nearby VA housing building, police said.

“The Bedford VA staff is devastated by the tragic incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim, his family, friends, and neighbors,” hospital spokeswoman Courtney Purswell wrote in an e-mail.

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The snowplow driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities, according to John Guilfoil, a spokesman for Bedford police. No charges have been filed.

Several men at the Bedford Green residence on the VA campus said they learned of their neighbor’s death shortly after the incident. They said he was a Navy veteran who lived alone and mostly kept to himself.

Tim White said he regularly saw the man outside of the recently constructed building where they lived. The man had moved into the building several months ago and was “well-liked around here.”

White said he believed the man had gone grocery shopping and was hit by the plow while walking home.

“We all have that strong bond,” White said Sunday night in the first-floor common room of Bedford Green. “It’s like a fallen brother.”


Reena Karasin can be reached at reena.karasin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @reenakarasin.