A beloved Boston University professor died on Saturday after falling through a hole in a rusty staircase near a city train station that had been closed for more than a year, according to a report.
David K. Jones, 40, married with three children, was on the run when tragedy struck near JFK MBTA station in Dorchester, the Boston Globe reported, citing authorities and family.
“He fell from 20 feet from the height and probably died instantly,” Jones’ heartbroken woman said in a Facebook post. “The void he leaves behind is indescribable.”
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In social media posts, the MBTA Commuter Rail Twitter account had repeatedly warned against using the stairs, which have been closed for about 20 months, according to the report.
Both entrances to the staircase, which leads to the Red Line station, were fenced off at the time of the accident.
Rusty steps were on the floor under the stairs, according to the report, although it was not immediately clear when they came loose.
Jones was Associate Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at the BU School of Public Health.
Department Dean Dr Sandro Galea said Jones was “loved by his students” in an interview with The Globe.
“He was a positive presence in the school and helped make it a better place,” said Galea.
“He was just a good guy, always ready to get involved and take on projects that helped the school, helped his students, and I really enjoyed that about him.”
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In his social media post, Sacuto said her husband “was the most loving, kindest and most caring person I know.”
“He was the best dad. He loved dancing on Phish, being outside and running. He loved unconditionally and was the proudest dad of his children. I loved him,” she said.