Man Arraigned in Connection with Assault Following Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Watertown

As Investigation Continues Officials Request Individuals with Information Contact Police

WATERTOWN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Watertown Chief of Police Michael Lawn have confirmed that the investigation into the fatal pedestrian collision and non-fatal stabbing that occurred yesterday in Watertown is still ongoing.

Philip Horner, 38, of Quincy, was arraigned today in Waltham District Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest. At today’s hearing the Commonwealth filed a motion for a 58A dangerousness hearing. Judge Gregory Flynn allowed the motion and subsequently ordered the defendant held without bail.  The defendant has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and will appear in Waltham District Court for a status hearing on October 10, 2018.

Investigators are also asking that anyone who saw the pedestrian crash or has information about the incident including individuals with video of the crash to please contact police.  Anyone with information they believe may be helpful can contact the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office at 781-897-6600 or Watertown Police at 617-972-6500.

The preliminary investigation into this incident suggests that at approximately 11:20 a.m., Watertown Police responded to a 911 call of an alleged road rage incident underway on Watertown Street near the intersection of Nonantum and Galen Streets. Upon arrival police located a woman identified as Benita Horner, 68, of Belmont, who had apparently been struck by a flatbed tow truck. She was pronounced dead on scene.

Following the crash the woman’s son, Philip Horner, allegedly assaulted the tow truck driver, a 60-year-old Norton man, stabbing him multiple times in the abdomen. Horner, who was on scene when police arrived, was subsequently taken into custody by police.

The driver of the tow truck was transported to a Boston-area hospital where he remains hospitalized in critical condition.

This incident is under investigation by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Watertown Police Department, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

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