No charges following jogger’s fall through rusty staircase

January 22, 2022 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say there will be no criminal charges in the death of a Boston University professor who fell through a rusted staircase.

David Jones, 40, was out for a run when he plunged through a broken section of the staircase on MBTA property at JFK Station in September, officials said.

The staircase was deemed unsafe and state police reported that the top and bottom of the staircase were blocked. Photos of the area taken after the fatal fall showed several stairs were missing.

“Any death is a tragedy and his family, loved ones, students, and colleagues continue to mourn his untimely passing,” Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said Friday in a statement. “Based on a thorough and careful review of the evidence, however, we have determined that criminal charges are not warranted in connection with Dr. Jones’ death.”

Jones was an associate professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at Boston University’s School of Public Health.