February 14 2019

Norwood Man Charged in Hit-and-Run Accident that Killed BHS Alum Allison Donovan

By: Rich Hosford

A man has been arrested and charged in the hit-and-run accident that killed Burlington High School alum Allison Donovan.


Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Somerville Chief of Police David Fallon and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone announced on Thursday that Edward Clark, 55, of Norwood, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death in connection with the fatal hit-and-run that occurred on Powder House Boulevard on February 8.

According to authorities, the preliminary investigation suggests at approximately 7:16 p.m. Clark was allegedly operating a 2003 black Ford F150 pick-up truck traveling eastbound on Powder House Boulevard, when he allegedly struck two females, who were in the crosswalk at the intersection of Powder House Boulevard and Hardan Road, before fleeing the scene. Somerville Police subsequently responded and both women were transported to area hospitals. Donovan, 40, of Somerville, was transported to Mount Auburn Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The other victim was treated and released.

Following the crash, authorities say, investigators worked with community partners to locate several images recorded immediately following the crash believed to be the suspect vehicle in the areas of Powder House Boulevard, Curtis Street and University Avenue that appeared to show a full-size, black pick-up truck with a cover over the bed of the truck. On Thursday, a Tufts University Police Officer located a truck with front-end damage believed to be the suspect vehicle on University Avenue and notified Somerville Police. Investigators located the suspect and registered owner of the vehicle and subsequently placed him under arrest. Clark will be arraigned Friday in Somerville District Court.

The investigation into the facts and circumstances is still active and ongoing and additional charges may issue. This matter is being investigated by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Somerville Police. The reconstruction of the crash is being conducted by Somerville Police.


Locally, people are remembering Allison Donovan, the victim, who was a member of the Burlington High School Class of 1996. She was also the daughter of longtime Burlington teacher Jan Donovan. Allison followed in her mother’s footsteps and went to her alma mater, Leslie University, where she earned her Bachelor Science Degree in Education, Master’s Degree, and Graduate Certificate in Literacy for the Classroom.


After earning her degrees she spent 12 years as an elementary education teacher at the Hosmer Elementary School, in Watertown, teaching at various grade levels. She then spent two years as the Watertown Elementary Curriculum Coordinator. She then acted as the interim principal of the J. R. Lowell Elementary School in Watertown from 2014-2015 which led to her becoming the principal at the Lincoln Elementary School in Melrose from 2015-2017.

“Nothing made Allison happier when she would see children excited about a topic being discussed, wanting to learn more, and seeing their eyes light up because they understood a subject,” her obituary reads. “Allison received so much joy as a teacher and administrator and her spirit will live on in the teachers and students whom she stimulated and helped form a strong educational foundation required to help children progress as students and young adults.”

Read her full obituary here.


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