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Retired Harvard Law Prof Cited in Fatal Crash

Posted Oct 14, 2010 6:46 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A retired Harvard law professor has been cited with motor vehicle homicide in a crash that killed a 54-year-old Massachusetts woman riding a motor scooter.

Detlev Vagts, 81, is accused in a July 8 accident in Newton, Mass., that killed Marcia Kearney, according to the Boston Globe and a press release.

Investigators believe Kearney was making a left turn on her Vespa scooter when Vagts' Subaru Legacy struck the rear left side of the scooter.

Vagts told the Boston Globe that Kearney passed in front of him and it was impossible to stop in time. “I’ve said before, I’m so sorry it happened,’’ he said. “I think back on it all the time with sorrow.’’

Vagts has said the accident occurred when he got lost while driving his wife to the dentist, the Globe story says.

A professor of international law, Vagts had taught at Harvard Law School for 46 years before retiring in 2005, the Harvard Law Record reports.

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