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BU professor dies after apparent fall from damaged staircase


A Boston University professor died over the weekend after an apparent fall from a rusty staircase next to the busy JFK / UMass MBTA station in Boston. State Police said they responded to an “unsupervised death” reported by a passerby on Old Colony Avenue on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The body of David Jones, 40, of Milton, was found under an old rusty staircase which was closed. Almost two years ago, state police spokesperson David Procopio said. Procopio said Jones was running in the area when the fatal crash happened. The staircase is under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. In a statement, DCR officials told WCVB they were currently investigating the incident.5 Investigations: Authorities examining access to stairs involved in Jones’ death When used, the stairs led from Old Colony Avenue to the Columbia Road Viaduct. Google Earth Pro images captured last year show that several steps were already missing from the staircase, which was originally surrounded by a temporary fence. Crews were seen installing fences near the stairs on Monday evening to block the upper and lower entrances to the stairs. Jones is survived by his wife, Sarah Sacuto, and their three children – Olivia, Anne and Thomas. the proudest father of his children. I loved him, ”Sacuto wrote on Facebook. Reggie Jean-Charles, a family spokesperson, said Jones was well known and appreciated in the Milton community. parent for whom each phase was the best phase. It doesn’t matter whether it’s toddlers or teenagers, ”said Jean Charles. “It was this father who played football, played cards, painted his toenails, had his nails painted.” He was a guy who was beloved. Especially when you have three kids in the schools, there are all the different families from the different classes that are part of that community, it’s devastating. “Boston University said in a statement on Sunday that Jones died on Saturday in an accident. He was an associate professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management. “Just a shock. I don’t think it’s swallowed up yet, “said Kate Conquest, a former student of Jones who has also been her teacher’s assistant.” I can’t imagine anyone having less than a five-star review of his class. He took time for everyone. “Jones taught at BU for six years and created a national research website called the Public Health Post. The university is running a scholarship in his honor.” David was a wonderful human being, living with integrity and deep commitment to everything we do, ”wrote Dr Sandro Galea, Dean of the BU School of Public Health. “I enjoyed all of my interactions with David so much, I can’t really imagine what it means not to have David in our community. Click here to donate to a GoFundMe page that was created for Jones’ family.

A Boston University professor died over the weekend after an apparent fall from a rusty staircase next to the busy JFK / UMass MBTA station in Boston.

State Police said they responded to an “unsupervised death” reported by a passerby on Old Colony Avenue at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The body of David Jones, 40, of Milton, was found under an old rusty staircase that was closed almost two years ago, state police spokesman David Procopio said.

Procopio said Jones was running in the area when the fatal crash happened.

The staircase is under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. In a statement, DCR officials told WCVB that they are currently investigating the incident.

5 Investigations: Authorities reviewing stairway access implicated in Jones’ death

When in use, the staircase led from Old Colony Avenue to the Columbia Road Viaduct.

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View of the damaged staircase near JFK / Umass

Google Earth Pro images captured last year show that several steps were already missing from the staircase, which was surrounded at the base by a temporary fence.

BU professor dies after apparent fall from damaged staircase

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Google Earth Pro image, dated 2020

Crews were seen putting up fences near the stairs on Monday night to block the upper entrance and lower entrance to the stairs.

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Jones is survived by his wife, Sarah Sacuto, and their three children – Olivia, Anne and Thomas.

“He was the most loving, kindest, most caring person I know. He was the best father.… He loved unconditionally and was the proudest father of his children. I loved him,” a Sacuto writes on Facebook.

Reggie Jean-Charles, a family spokesperson, said Jones was well known and appreciated in the Milton community.

“He loved his family. He was the kind of parent for whom every phase was the best phase. It didn’t matter if they were toddlers or teenagers,” said Jean Charles. “It was this father who played football, played cards, painted his toenails, had his nails painted.

“He was a guy who was beloved. Especially when you have three kids in schools, there are all the different families from different classes that are part of that community, it’s devastating.”

BU professor dies after apparent fall from damaged staircase

Courtesy of the family

David Jones (right), from Milton, Massachusetts, with his wife, Sarah Sacuto (wearing a denim jacket), and their three children.

Boston University said in a statement on Sunday that Jones died in an accident on Saturday. He was an associate professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management.

“Just a shock. I don’t think it’s swallowed up yet,” said Kate Conquest, a former student of Jones who has also been her teacher’s assistant. “I can’t imagine anyone having less than a five star review in their class. He made time for everyone.”

Jones taught at BU for six years and created a national research website called the Public Health Post. The university creates a scholarship in his honor.

“David was a wonderful human being, living with integrity and deeply committed to everything we do,” wrote Dr. Sandro Galea, Dean of the BU School of Public Health. “I have enjoyed all of my interactions with David so much, I can’t really imagine what it means not to have David in our community.”

Click here to donate to a GoFundMe page that was created for Jones’ family.

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