Woman facing motor vehicle homicide charge after death of John O’Keefe, Boston police officer found outside Canton home during snowstorm


UPDATE: Karen Read backed car into Boston Police Officer John O’Keefe, her boyfriend, hours before he was found dead Saturday, officials say

A Mansfield woman is facing charges connected to the death of a veteran Boston police officer found unresponsive outside a Canton home in the freezing cold of Saturday’s nor’easter.

Massachusetts State Police detectives on Tuesday arrested Karen Read, a 41-year-old Mansfield resident, three days following the death of Officer John O’Keefe, the Norfolk District Attorney’s office said. The 16-year Boston officer was found outside a Fairview Road home in Canton early Saturday and brought to Good Samaritan Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead several hours later.

Read now faces charges of motor vehicle homicide, manslaughter and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle collision causing death, authorities said.

Her arrest follow several days of “intense investigation,” Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey. While more information about what happened Saturday could be released when she appears in Stoughton District Court Wednesday, the district attorney said that she had driven to Canton with O’Keefe in the early hours of that morning. In a statement late Tuesday, he said, “Tonight our thoughts are very much with those whom John left behind.”

“John will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues here at the Boston Police Department as we send our heartfelt condolences to his family, and loved ones during this difficult time,” Boston police Superintendent-in-Chief Gregory Long said.

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