Family remembers man killed in Storrow drive hit and run

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Brandon Jennings, 22, of Marlborough died after being hit by a car while walking near Storrow Drive around 1am Saturday.

Brandon R. Jennings, 22, was beaten and killed by an allegedly drunk driver who fled the Boston scene over the weekend. Jennings was hit while walking on Storrow Drive near the exit to the Tobin Bridge and Interstate 93 to the north, according to state police. Courtesy Collins Funeral Home

After a 22-year-old man’s life was cut short by a collision with a collision on Saturday, his loved ones reflect on the hole left in their lives.

Brandon Jennings of Marlborough died around 1:00 a.m. Saturday after being hit by a car while walking near Storrow Drive. According to Massachusetts State Police, he was walking north near the Tobin Bridge exit and I-93 when the accident occurred.

He was pronounced dead on the spot.

Jennings is remembered by the memories of his family, close friends and girlfriend.

Jalene Brown was Jennings’ high school sweetheart and girlfriend of 3 years.

“It’s like I’ve lost my other half, my best friend. The person I did everything with,” she told Boston 25 News.

Jennings’ friend Sandro Oliveria said, “He was my best friend for a long time…I love him to death.”

In his spare time, Jennings could be found going to the movies or exploring nature according to his obituary. He also enjoyed photography.

After the crash, someone who was behind the car that hit Jennings followed the fleeing vehicle from the accident site. The car that hit Jennings was determined to be a gray 2007 Honda Accord.

This driver followed the Honda Accord to an apartment building at Center St. 65 in Lynn and gave the location and license plate to the police.

Police identified the driver of the Honda as Miguel Rodriguez, 36. Two hours after the crash, Rodrigues registered a blood alcohol level of 0.119 after receiving a breath test.

“To drink and drive and kill a young boy with big dreams, I don’t think that’s fair to the family,” said Jennings’ aunt Rosanna Riveiro.

Jenning’s loved ones said they felt some comfort that a witness was at the scene.

“The fact that the man was drunk makes people angry, but also makes us feel a little blessed that someone was there to follow the man home for a bit because [if it wasn’t for] the witness, we probably wouldn’t know what happened to him even now,” Cousin Junior Aragao said.

“He was there alone and no one would have helped him. No one would have known if it hadn’t been for that one witness. I just want to hear what his lawyer has to say for him and what exactly went through his mind to kill someone’s loved one and decide to accelerate,” Brown said.

Based on the amount of evidence and witness statements, Rodriguez was arrested by Massachusetts State Police Troopers. He will appear in the Boston Municipal Court-Central Division on Monday for arraignment.

The incidents are still under investigation.

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