Hopkinton Today: Monday, April 20

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Good morning, Hopkinton!

For those new to the site, this post is a daily update we call Hopkinton Today. We’ll have a quick recap of yesterday’s news, highlights for the coming day and a video or two to brighten your day.

Over the weekend we learned about the first death of a Hopkinton resident from COVID-19. The man, who was in his 90s, passed away earlier this month after contracting the disease outside of town while receiving treatment and rehabilitation following an injury.

The investigation continues into determining what led to a fatal car accident on I-495 Saturday night. According to the Mass. State Police, an individual was spotted driving the wrong way on I-495 South near Exit 21 in Hopkinton. Shortly thereafter, that vehicle collided with another vehicle north of Exit 22 in Westborough, killing both drivers. Hopkinton Fire Department sent emergency personnel to help.

Today is Patriots’ Day, traditionally the day the Boston Marathon is held. The race was postponed to Sept. 14 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and local and state officials have pleaded with runners to refrain from running the course on their own. Parking restrictions near the Town Common are in place, and police are present to discourage would-be runners. UPDATE, 11 a.m.: The starting line area has been quiet, except for the TV news crew that stopped by for a report. Police reported sighting only one runner heading to Boston, at 7 a.m.

Police monitor Boston Marathon starting line
Select Board member John Coutinho (in green jacket) and Hopkinton police monitor the Boston Marathon starting line area on Monday morning. PHOTO/JOHN CARDILLO

Ilana Casady is one of 38 Hopkinton residents registered for the race. Casady, who lives just a few blocks from the starting line, said she will commemorate the day during her training run, but she will respect organizers’ wishes. “I’m going to stay very far away from the starting line,” she said. “I’m going to go the opposite direction. I’ll probably wear my Boston clothes — my BAA shirt, I’ll wear that proud. But I’ll just run around Hopkinton, away from the starting line.”

Later today the Independent will post a list of all Boston Marathon entrants from Hopkinton as well as Hopkinton organizations that have people running to raise money on their behalf.

Video of the day: In honor of the postponed Boston Marathon, here’s a video of running bloopers.

Music video of the day: Keeping with the marathon theme, here’s the Eagles performing “The Long Run.” Enjoy.