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Elderly Somerville Pedestrian Dies in Peabody Accident; Police Investigating

Theodore Buttner, 87, was hit by a car after attending church in Peabody on Sunday. He died hours later.

Peabody police confirm that an elderly male pedestrian from Somerville who was struck by a car on Sunday has died.

Detective Michael Crane, speaking Tuesday, said the man, 87-year-old Theodore Buttner, died at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston Sunday afternoon a few hours after he was admitted.

The accident occurred at approximately 1 p.m. outside Saint Adelaide Parish on Lowell Street. Police said that afternoon that Buttner was crossing the street, in the crosswalk, when he was hit by a 2004 Buick LeSabre.

Crane said witnesses identified Buttner as a regular parishioner at the church.

He said the Buick was operated by an 84-year-old Peabody man who did stop at the scene once he realized what happened.

It is unclear if the vehicle was traveling along Lowell Street or turning in or out of one of the parking lots—there is a lot next to the church and one across the street.

Crane said state police on Tuesday were still wrapping up their investigation of the incident. Once that is concluded, police will determine what if any charges will be filed against the driver.

Gerry Pothier January 30, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Ted was an extraordinary gentleman, Eucharistic Minister and volunteer who ran our "Joseph's Gate" gift store at St. Joseph's Parish here in Union Square for many years. Space doesn't permit listing all of his gifts and accomplishments, but suffice to say his loss is huge and he'll be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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