Cab driver Walid Chahine of Methuen was critically hurt when his cab was struck by a stolen SUV driven by a man being chased by state police.
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Family of critically injured cab driver: Why state police chase?
Zach Church, EagleTribune.com
It was supposed to be Walid Chahine's last night driving a taxi.
His family had urged him to stop what they considered a dangerous job, but the promise of a profitable Memorial Day weekend was too much of a temptation to give up.
Now, members of his family are questioning the rationale of a state police chase that ended in a crash which resulted in the death of one of Chahine's passengers and critically injured him and another passenger early last Sunday morning.
Katelyn Hoyt and Paul Farris.
a 2006 graduate of Tufts University and lead singer of a popular Boston rock band was killed May 27 after a sport utility vehicle being chased by State Police crashed into the taxi cab in which he and his girlfriend were passengers.
Farris, 23, of Medford, who had recently taken his law school entrance exams and was the lead singer of theMark, was pronounced dead at Somerville Hospital soon after the early morning accident, the Middlesex District Attorney's office said. (Note: This was NOT an "accident.")
Our greatest concern is for our son's girlfriend
John Farris is very matter-of-fact about how he feels about Sunday's crash that took his son's life.
"Our greatest concern is ... Paul's gone. Our greatest concern right now is his girlfriend Katelyn Hoyt," the elder Farris said. "She was an absolute sweetheart and she's in critical condition. We're praying for her and her family."