Katherine Childs

Boston, d. Dec. 1987
Quicksilver Messenger, killed by Patrick F. McCauley, in a hit-and-run accident


Boston Globe, December 12, 1987
A 64-year-old Lexington man was arraigned yesterday in Boston Municipal Court in connection with the hit-and-run death of a bicycle messenger Thursday at an intersection behind City Hall. Boston Police spokeswoman Jane Sheehan identified the driver of the 5-ton truck involved in the accident as Patrick F. McCauley. He was arrested yesterday morning. Sheehan said McCauley told police he was not aware that he had struck anyone. McCauley was charged with motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. His case was continued to Feb. 1 and he was released after posting $500 cash bail. Sheehan said McCauley was traced by a registration plate number given to police by one of several witnesses to the accident at the intersection of New Congress and North streets. Katherine Childs, 25, whose family lives in New Hartford, Conn., was a part-time messenger for Quicksilver Messenger Sevice Inc. in Boston for about a month. She was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital from head and chest injuries. Childs was waiting for a light to change when she was struck by a truck, which sped away dragging her bicycle. The force of the impact knocked Childs several feet into the air before she landed on the pavement. Police discovered Child's mangled bicycle on the northbound lanes of the Central Artery. A memorial service for Childs was to be held today at 4 p.m. in St. John's Church in New Hartford, Conn.