Top vascular surgeon is charged with drunk driving after he 'honked his horn at pedestrians as he accelerated through Boston crosswalk and hit three people before fleeing the scene'
- Dr. Michael Watkins, 64, is facing a variety of charges pertaining to a 'drunk driving' incident which occurred in Boston's South End on Friday night
- The top doctor - who is a vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital - allegedly honked his horn before speeding up and hitting three pedestrians
- The victims were taken to nearby hospitals with minor injuries
- Watkins is pleading not guilty to all charges and has been released on $1500 bail
Vascular surgeon Dr. Michael Watkins is facing a variety of charges after he was involved in
One of Boston's top doctors has been charged after he allegedly plowed his car into three pedestrians while under the influence of alcohol.
On Tuesday, Dr. Michael Watkins, 64, pleaded not guilty to assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, operating under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene after causing personal injury.
Police claim Watkins was driving in Boston's South End shortly before midnight on Friday when he honked at a man and two women while they were crossing the street. They say he then put his foot on the accelerator to speed up and crash into them.
The trio were taken to nearby hospitals where they were treated for minor injuries.
Watkins is a prominent vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he serves as the Associate Director at their Center For Diversity and Inclusion.
He is also listed as an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.
A graduate of both NYU and Harvard, Watkins has been a practicing surgeon for more than 20 years.
Watkins appeared in court on Tuesday (pictured), where he plead not guilty to all charges
The incident happened at this busy crosswalk in Boston's South End on Friday night
He has been released on $1,5000 bail and is set to return to court in July.
It's unclear whether Watkins deliberately rammed into the pedestrians, but Friday's incident was witnessed by several people.
He is said to have honked at the three pedestrians, before one of them pointed to the crosswalk sign to indicate that they had right of way. Witnesses say Watkins then beeped four more times, before accelerating and crashing into them.
Watkins is a top surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital (pictured)
Watkins is also listed as an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School
The surgeon did not stop following the incident, and officers found him parked in his car a short distance away.
A police report filed afterward said he 'smelled of alcohol'.
On Tuesday, Massachusetts General Hospital released a statement saying it is following the matter closely.
'The thoughts of the MGH community are with all those who have been affected by this very difficult and unfortunate incident,' it read.
'We wish the pedestrians involved a full and speedy recovery. Dr. Michael Watkins is a highly regarded senior vascular surgeon who has long been a leader on the MGH medical staff as well as in the community.'