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Amber Alert

Monday, March 17, 2008

Harvard student killed by tractor-trailer

A Harvard graduate student was dragged to his death this morning after being hit by a tractor-trailer in Central Square in Cambridge.

Police say a bystander ran after the driver of the truck yelling for him to stop.

The victim, identified as Isaac Meyers, 28, was dragged about 25 feet, Cambridge police said, before the truck came to a halt.

Cambridge police said Meyers was hit by a Shaw’s truck in Central Square at 6:45 this morning. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:20 p.m.

State and Cambridge Police shut down Mass. Ave for several hours in their investigation. The police have not announced any charges.

Harvard’s Michael Simon, associate director of the Harvard Hillel, said the on-campus Jewish organization is mourning the loss of Meyers.

An informal gathering will be held at the Harvard Classics Department tonight, where Meyers was a student.

Shaw’s spokeswoman Judy Chong said in a statement that "Shaw’s is cooperating fully with state and local authorities who are investigating. Our thoughts are with all parties affected by this tragic accident."