Police from District B-3 responded to a call at approximately 4:20 p.m. on Saturday of an unconscious male inside a motor vehicle near 57 and Woolston St. in Mattapan. When they arrived, they discovered an unresponsive man in his early 20s inside the vehicle, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Anyone who had information on the incident can contact the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or by texting the information to CRIME (27463) with the subject “TIP”. Information can also be sent anonymously and the BPD says it will guard and protect the identity of those who contact them with anonymous information.
If the death is determined to be carbon monoxide poisoning, it would be the second carbon monoxide related death that occurred on Saturday. At 11:39 a.m., police from Roxbury’s District B-2 responded to a call regarding a person in cardiac arrest at 3 Nazing St. When they arrived, they discovered a 14-year-old boy in the vehicle suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. They said the boy had gotten into the car to keep warm while his father dug their car out of the snow but a blocked tailpipe forced the deadly fumes back into the car.
In addition to the two deaths, two children in East Boston also fell victim to carbon monoxide fumes forced back into a car by a blocked tailpipe but they were expected to survive.
Boston Police warn residents about clearing out the area around the tailpipe before starting their cars in the winter to warm them up.