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October 21, 2014

Massachusetts fire that killed 2 boys was accident

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 3:54 pm

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts fire marshal says an apartment fire that killed two boys was an accident caused by an electrical wiring failure.

Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says the boys were found Tuesday in a third-floor bedroom at the back of the six-unit building in Lawrence.

The blaze was reported at about 3 a.m. Video showed flames shooting from the roof.

Coan says the fire started in a ceiling space and burned undetected before breaking through the rear of the building. The building had a hard-wired alarm system in common areas and battery-powered smoke alarms in the apartments.

Fire Chief John Marsh says a firefighter was injured trying to reach the boys. Officials haven’t released their names and ages.

Mayor Daniel Rivera says the city will help the affected families.


Dracut Man Dies in Crash on Lowell Connector

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 3:53 pm

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Dracut man has died after his car struck a brick wall after exiting the Lowell Connector.

The victim of the violent crash just after 7 p.m. Monday was identified as 32-year-old Joseph Zabawa.

Police say the initial investigation indicates that Zabawa’s vehicle was speeding and failed to negotiate the turn while exiting the Lowell Connector and crashed into a brick wall on Gorham Street.

No other vehicles were involved and Zabawa was the lone occupant of the car.

Witnesses tell The Sun of Lowell that the car was on fire and several people tried to put out the flames and help the unresponsive driver. They said the driver was pinned by the dashboard and engine.


October 20, 2014

2 Dead After Ferrari Crashes in Middleton

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 3:51 pm

MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say two men died when the Ferrari they were in struck a tree and burst into flames in Middleton.

Police say the men were likely speeding when the sports car went out of control on the winding country road at about 6 p.m. Sunday.

They were pronounced dead at the scene but their names were not immediately released.

Firefighters say the car was fully engulfed by the time they arrived.

There were no witnesses but homeowners in the area describe hearing a screech of tires and the impact, and seeing flames shoot 30 feet in the air.

The crash remains under investigation.


October 19, 2014

Two Killed in Crash on the Jamaicaway

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 3:52 pm

Two women were killed early Sunday morning in a head-on crash on the Jamaicaway, according to Massachusetts State Police.

The accident happened shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday when a BMW 530XI carrying three occupants struck a Toyota Camry carrying two on the Jamaicaway at Perkins St. in Jamaica Plain. According to the initial investigation, the BMW crossed the center-lane markers into the oncoming Toyota.

Two passengers from the BMW, a 44-year-old Everett woman and a 33-year-old Revere woman, were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims’ names were not released. Police said they were not wearing seat belts, and this was determined to be a factor in their deaths.

WCVB reports that the driver of the BMW, Jennifer Guzman, 26, of Hyde Park, and the driver of the Toyota, Cesar Viasus, 36, of Roslindale, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both were transported to Beth Israel Hospital, along with the Toyota’s passenger, who is in critical condition and has not been identified.

The Jamaicaway was reopened at 6:35 a.m.


October 17, 2014

Rindge woman flown to Massachusetts hospital after crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 8:23 am

RINDGE — As of Friday afternoon, a Rindge woman is still recovering from a Thursday night single-vehicle crash, serious enough that she was transported to a Massachusetts hospital.

Kim Wheeler of Rindge, 43, was driving a 2012 Honda Civic north on Cathedral Road in the vicinity of Annett State Park, when her vehicle went off-road, head-on into a tree, according to Rindge police. Police said a call came in at 10:11 p.m. and, according to police reports, no roads were closed.

Wheeler was first transported to Monadnock Community Hospital. However, the accident victim’s injuries proved serious enough that she was eventually flown to UMass Medical Center in Worcester. As of Friday morning, she was in stable condition.

An investigation is ongoing about the cause of the accident and will not be substantially forwarded until Wheeler is released from the hospital, police said. The officer added the vehicle was “most likely totaled” in the accident, and it is unclear as of Friday afternoon whether or not it was totaled.

Source: Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

October 15, 2014

Waltham Pedestrian Killed, Driver Arrested

Filed under: Law,Personal injury — Local News @ 8:28 am

An elderly man was killed Wednesday morning after being struck by a car in Waltham.

Dorazil Vitezslav, 82, of Waltham, was struck on Forest Street near the entrance to Bentley College. He was flown to Boston Medical Center but later died from his injuries, according to Waltham police.

The driver, James Keating, 33, also of Waltham, has been charged with motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of drugs.


Wild Chase Ends In Two Arrests, Cruiser Crash

Filed under: Law,Personal injury — Local News @ 8:26 am

CHICOPEE, Mass (WGGB) — One police officer was hurt, two cruisers are heavily damaged, and two people are in custody as part of a wild evening chase through Chicopee. Police say narcotics detectives were trying to stop a woman who they believed had an outstanding warrant near Ray Ashe Park around 5PM Wednesday. Instead of complying, she jumped into the passenger seat of a nearby car.

“The operator of that vehicle then attempted to run over one of our narcotics officers,” Public Information Officer Michael Wilk said.

The chase began from there, criss-crossing through major city streets. The driver allegedly hit another one innocent bystander’s car and also just missed striking passerby Gary King’s vehicle.

“He was zig-zagging by the Shell Station near East Main and he came back out on Broadway and then he just took the straightaway and he was flying,” he said.

Smoking car and all, the driver continued up Broadway Avenue and cut off an ABC40 crew as he wrecklessly pulled from Broadway Avenue onto Smith Street.

“I thought ‘Oh my God’ what’s going on?” one witness said.

That street is a dead end, so ABC40 watched the driver run across the street into several yards. As for the woman in the passenger seat who the incident originally began with:

“She couldn’t get out of that car fast enough,” one witness said. “I don’t think it was even all the way stopped.”

She was arrested by officers and so was the driver in an adjacaent neighborhood. As the chase ended, two Chicopee cruisers crashed on Broadway Avenue. One officer suffered minor injuries.

At rush hour with many kids out of school on a warm afternoon, witnesses say the driver put many people in danger.

“I have my daughter here, she’s nine years old,” King said. “Couple other kids live across the street. I mean if he lost control it would just be awful.”

Chicopee Police stress public safety is the main priority in chases. They had officers working to clear streets and intersections during the incident.

“Pursuits are always dangerous and in a case like this when you have someone who attempts to run down an officer you don’t know what else they are capable of,” Wilk said.

The woman will face at least her warrant charges. The driver is facing several felonies and charges include assault and battery on an officer, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and others. The names of the suspects will be released Thursday.

The civilian driver he hit suffered minor injuries.

Source: WGGB

October 13, 2014

Woman Killed in Early Morning Route 128 Crash in Woburn

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 8:24 am

A woman was killed Monday morning when the SUV she was driving went off the road and struck a parked construction vehicle, according to Massachusetts State Police.

The accident happened at approximately 5:15 a.m. on the ramp from Route 128 South to Route 38 in Woburn.

According to police, the driver of the 2006 Toyota RAV4, a 37-year-old Lowell woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said she was the vehicle’s only occupant.

Her name has not been released.

The accident is under investigation.


October 12, 2014

Motorcyclist Killed On I-495 In Wrentham

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:11 pm

WRENTHAM (CBS) — A motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving another car on I-495 in Wrentham Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The crash occurred prior to exit 15 on the northbound side of the highway, Massachusetts State Police said. Authorities pronounced the operator of the motorcycle dead at the scene. The driver of the car was not injured.

Parts of I-495 were closed for about two-and-a-half hours after the crash, which is under investigation.

Source: CBS

Car Destroyed in Hingham Wreck

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:05 pm

A driver was ejected from her vehicle and seriously injured Saturday evening after a two-car crash in Hingham.

Police said they found the driver of a 2007 Toyota Yaris suffering from life-threatening injuries on the sidewalk near the scene of the collision near the intersection of Rockland and Kirby Streets. She was transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Two occupants of the second vehicle, a Chevrolet Silverado, suffered non-life threatening injuries. Both declined to be transported to a hospital.

Authorities said preliminary evidence suggested that the Toyota was making a left turn when the two cars struck.

None of the passengers were wearing seat belts.


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