Boston election lawyer struck killed in Southie

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A man who was struck and killed by a car in South Boston last night has been identified as 66-year-old William McDermott, an election lawyer and adviser to U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch.

“Last night we lost our dear friend Bill McDermott,” Lynch said in a statement today. “For more than 30 years, Billy was a rock for me, (my wife) Margaret, and countless other friends in South Boston and Dorchester and across Massachusetts. I don’t know where we’d be without the love and guidance he gave us. We are heartbroken. Our prayers are with Billy’s family today.”

McDermott was hit by a 2012 Range Rover around 7:30 p.m. on Day Boulevard near L Street. A spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said the 33-year-old driver did not appear intoxicated at the time. He called 911 after the accident.

No charges have been filed as of yet.

According to the State House News Service, McDermott is well-known on Beacon Hill and in City Hall, having represented many political clients over the years in election and campaign finance cases, and helping with campaigns at various levels. He served as an elections commissioner in Boston when Kevin White was mayor


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