A Boston-area woman has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend, a police officer who was found dying in a snowstorm after she painstakingly ran over him with her car.
Karen Read, 42, was also indicted Thursday for motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of a collision causing death, according to the Norfolk District Attorney’s office.
Read had initially been charged with manslaughter and had been free on $50,000 bail since Feb. 2. After the indictment, she was taken into custody at her Mansfield home her on Thursday and is expected to be arraigned Friday.
The charges result from the death on Jan. 29 of her boyfriend her, John O’Keefe, 46.
Before dawn that morning, during a powerful nor’easter storm, O’Keefe was found lying in a snowbank outside a friend’s home in Canton. He was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly afterward. He had a severe head injury and was also suffering from hypothermia.
Several hours earlier, around 12:30 am, Read had dropped him off at the friend’s home after the couple had been at a bar. She told investigators she had not been feeling well, so she went home by herself. When she later was not able to contact O’Keefe by phone, she had friends drive her to the Canton home. There they found O’Keefe in the snowbank, unconscious and bleeding from the nose and mouth.
When paramedics arrived, the distraught Read told them, “I hit him, I hit him, I hit him,” Norfolk prosecutor Adam Lally said.
Boston TV station WBZ reported that home surveillance video showed that Read backed into O’Keefe with her Lexus SUV while making a three-point turn and then drove away.
The two had been dating for two years.
O’Keefe was a 16-year veteran of the Boston Police Department. He was raising his sister’s children, whom he adopted after they were orphaned. At the time of her arrest her, Read was a finance instructor at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., and a researcher for Fidelity Investments.