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April 3, 2014

Bicyclist killed in Charlestown hit-and-run

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Personal injury — Local News @ 9:46 pm

BOSTON —Boston police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in Charlestown and looking for what is believed to be a sanitation truck seen leaving the area.

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“We ran up to the top of the street to see if there were any signs of the gentleman moving,” one witness said.

Several witnesses said they saw a large truck leave the area.

“The vehicle in question is described as a sanitation truck, white in color with black lettering,” Boston police said in a statement.

“There are a lot of bikes — every day — and the trucks and the cars that come by here, they don’t stop at the stop sign,” a local business owner said.

The man who was killed has not been identified.

“Our hearts are with the family and friends of the person who passed on. And we pray that the driver who left the scene is brought to justice,” said Pete Stidman, executive director of the Bike Union. “Nothing can excuse consciously leaving another person lying in the street, if that is indeed what happened.”

Source: WCVB

February 25, 2014

Man killed in hit-and-run in Nashua

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Personal injury — Local News @ 7:24 am

NASHUA, N.H. —Investigators in Nashua are searching for a hit-and-run driver who killed a 63-year-old man walking home from a corner store Sunday night, police said.

Robert Derome was left for dead in a snowbank after being hit near the corner of West Hollis and Pine streets.

The car involved in the crash got away, but was likely heavily damaged, police said.

Derome, who was a regular customer at West Hollis Market, was walking up the road when neighbors heard what sounded like a car accident.

“I just heard a loud bang,” said Isaac Velez of Nashua.

“We were up watching TV and all you hear is a loud thump, and I look out the window and I could see the guy lying in the snowbank,” said Tony Parry of Nashua.

Before anyone could get a good look, the car drove off. Derome was later pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Police were gathering surveillance video from nearby cameras, but so far do not have a description of the car.

“Based on where our victim was found and based on where his injuries were located on his body, it would appear that we’re going to have some damage to the front of our suspect vehicle,” said Lt. Denis Linehan of the Nashua Police Department. “In terms of the extent of the damage, it should be significant.”

Linehan said Derome was walking on the street because the sidewalks were too icy.

“The sidewalks were covered,” Linehan said. “This gentleman was walking in the street. He had to walk in the roadway in order to get where he was going.”

“It’s terrible,” Parry said. “There’s nowhere to walk. So, you’re stuck walking in the street.”

Parry, police and others said they hope the driver comes forward.

“Whoever it is, turn yourself in,” Parry said. “You’re only going to make it worse on yourself. Turn yourself in. Do what’s right”

The clerk at West Hollis Market said Derome was a regular and was joking around with her when he left.

Police said anyone who was traveling in the area of West Hollis Street from 7-7:30 p.m. Sunday night should call them at 603-594-3500.

Source: WMUR

January 22, 2014

Driver charged with negligent motor vehicle homicide for fatal Milford ambulance crash

Filed under: Criminal,Negligence,Personal injury — Local News @ 8:56 pm

MILFORD — The driver who allegedly caused a fatal ambulance crash here Tuesday is now facing criminal charges that include motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, according to the office of Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Lisa Zemack drove her Mercedes-Benz through a stop sign on Green Street and collided with the right rear bumper of an ambulance passing on Route 140, causing it to flip over, according to Milford police.

The crash was captured by the surveillance camera at the Domino’s Pizza shop located at that intersection.

The Mercedes-Benz “caught the right rear quarter of the ambulance, caused the ambulance to spin 90 degrees clockwise,” Milford Police Sergeant John Sanchioni said in an telephone interview today. “Once it goes 90 degrees, physics and momentum causes it to flip over, a complete flip … It almost went over the guardrail.”

Karen Scott, 58, of Upton, the patient who was riding in the ambulance as she returned to an assisted living facility from a dialysis appointment, was pronounced dead at Milford Regional Hospital on Tuesday, officials said.

A paramedic riding with her was injured, and was treated and released, Sanchioni said.

Zemack’s driver’s license is active, according to Massachusetts Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Verseckes. She has three prior citations, for speeding in 1990, 1995, and 2005.

Zemack is also facing criminal charge of operating to endanger. Milford police have issued Zemack two civil infractions for failure to stop at a stop sign, and failure to grant right of way at an intersection.

Zemack, according to prosecutors, will be summonsed to Milford District Court at a later date.

The video shows the ambulance driving west on Route 140. It has nearly cleared the intersection when the Mercedes appears to run the stop sign on the passenger side of the ambulance and hits the back end of the ambulance, causing the ambulance to flip over. The ambulance comes to rest on the guardrail.


January 3, 2014

Two dead in early a.m. New Year’s Day crash

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Personal injury — Tags: , — Local News @ 11:50 pm

Two teenagers, one from Lawrence and the other from Lowell, are dead after fleeing police in a car at more than 100 mph in the early hours of the new year, police say.

The 19-year-olds died after losing control of the vehicle they were in as it crossed from Lawrence into Andover on Route 28. The car was found wrecked in the snow with both occupants ejected by the Interstate 495 interchange.

Police identified the dead as Cesar X. Rodriguez, 19, of 135 Bowdoin St., Lawrence, and Quadeer A. Dicks, 19, of 25 South Walker St., Lowell.

Massachusetts State Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash, including who was behind the wheel and where the teens were coming from.

The chase started before 2:45 a.m. Wednesday when Lawrence police tried to stop a 2007 Acura TSX sedan on Route 28 at Water Street, according to State Police spokesman David Procopio.

The car is registered to an Amesbury woman, and was not reported stolen, Procopio said.

“The information provided to us is that Lawrence tried stopping the vehicle for speeding,” Procopio said. “The vehicle continued southbound on Broadway, at one point shutting its lights off and at speeds that Lawrence estimates were in excess of 100 mph.

The first cruiser to follow the vehicle broke off from the chase. Moments later and a little more than a mile farther down the road, a second Lawrence cruiser saw “a car going by at a high rate of speed” at the South Broadway intersection with Inman Street, Procopio said.

Lawrence police continued traveling in the direction of the suspects and found the Acura off the road on the snow-covered grass shoulder at the junction of Route 28 and I-495.

“It looks like the car actually loses control on 28 in Andover, veers off the road, impacts a snow bank, a steel guard rail, and then appears to impact the concrete base of the steel structure” of the 495 overpass, Procopio said.

Both were taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where Dicks was declared dead, Procopio said. Rodriguez was flown by medical helicopter to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he died.

No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the crash, Procopio said.

Lawrence and Andover police were the first to the scene, with Andover fire crews getting dispatched as well. Due to the accident taking place on a state highway, State Police were called in and took over the scene at 3:20 a.m., Procopio said. The Essex County District Attorney’s office is also helping in the investigation.

“It was early New Year’s morning, so we’re investigating where they may have been coming from if they were out celebrating the new year,” Procopio said.


January 2, 2014

Worcester police investigate New Year’s Eve hit-and-run pedestrian accident

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Personal injury — Local News @ 11:07 pm

A 41-year-old man was struck by a vehicle as he attempted to cross Summer Street near St. Vincent Hospital on Tuesday night.

According to police, he was hit with such force that the man was tossed up onto the vehicle’s hood before falling to to the pavement at around 7 p.m., suffering a head injury.

Upon hitting the pedestrian, the driver left the scene of the accident, according to police.

Worcester EMS treated the unidentified man at the scene and then took him by ambulance to the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, according to a police news release.

Witnesses said that the man was crossing Summer Street near the entrance of St. Vincent Hospital when he was struck by a vehicle traveling south on Summer Street. The vehicle was described as a white small foreign vehicle.

Worcester’s Crash Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and processed evidence and conducted interviews with witnesses.


December 20, 2013

Elderly woman killed crossing Mass. Ave. in Arlington

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Negligence,Personal injury — Tags: , — Local News @ 11:32 pm

ARLINGTON – From his home along Massachusetts Avenue, Larry Roop heard a loud thump from the corner, breaking the evening quiet. No squealing brakes or shattered glass. Just an ugly thud.

“It’s a terrible sound,” Roop said. “I knew someone had been hit.”

Roop said he rushed outside to find an elderly woman lying in the road, critically injured. She had been struck by a car around 10 p.m. Thursday as she used a walker to make her way across the wide street.

She was barely conscious, her breathing ragged. Roop and an employee of a nearby convenience store held her head and tried to comfort her.

“We said: ‘We’re here. We’re here,’ ” Roop recalled from the scene Friday morning. “We told her help was coming.”

Paramedics rushed the woman to the hospital, where she died. She was later identified as Elba Ortiz-Delgado, 77, of Boston.

“She was fighting, and I thought she was going to make it,” said Roop, who found out Friday morning that she had died. “It’s very sad.”

The driver, Paul S. Giragosian, also of Arlington, was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for driving without a license. The crash is under investigation, and additional charges may follow, police said.

“Those charges will likely be upgraded,” said Frederick Ryan, Arlington’s police chief.

Giragosian, 67, was not impaired, Ryan said, and stopped after the accident. Investigators will seek to determine whether he was speeding.

“This is a heartbreaking experience for the victim’s loved ones and for the community,” Ryan said.

Maureen Stephens, who arrived at the scene just moments after the accident, said Giragosian and his wife were distraught.

“They were besides themselves,” she said. “I can’t even imagine what they are going through.’’

Stephens, an Arlington resident who knows the couple, said they told her they never saw the woman. They were driving home from the mall after Christmas shopping, she said.

Police said they were not sure what brought Ortiz-Delgado to Arlington. But Stephens and other residents said they had often seen the woman walking through the neighborhood, collecting cans for deposit money.

“I feel horrible about it,” Stephens said.

She was slight of build and seemed to speak little English, they said. She wore several layers of ragged clothing to stay warm.

No one knew her name or where she lived in Boston. Officials at two major Boston homeless shelters said they did not know Ortiz-Delgado.

Giragosian, who could not be reached for comment, has a lengthy driving record. He has been involved in three crashes in which he was found to be at fault and has been cited for speeding five times, according to state records. In 2001, he was cited for reckless driving in Connecticut.

His license expired in June.

Pedestrians said that crossing the busy, broad street — by Orvis Road near the Capitol Theatre — is almost always difficult, even with the crosswalk. Drivers often zoom through the crosswalk without slowing, they said.

“Drivers aren’t trained to slow down,” Roop said. “It was just a matter of time.”

On Friday, many cars drove through the crosswalk without stopping, even when pedestrians had started across. Some that did stop were honked at from trailing cars.

At night, pedestrians face even greater danger, neighbors said.

Red, hand-held flags have been placed at the crossing to give pedestrians greater visibility. But on Friday, they went unused.

Doris Shoer, 81, waited patiently on the curb to cross. She had navigated the street many times before and knew cars could not be trusted to stop, so she waited until the light down the street turned red, and the road was relatively clear.

“You’re still taking a chance,” she said.


December 16, 2013

T bus driver charged in drunken driving crash that injures Chinatown man

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Negligence,Personal injury — Tags: , , — Local News @ 11:44 pm

An MBTA bus driver was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail today after hitting a 68-year-old man in Dorchester last night while driving with a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, prosecutors said.

Kathleen Abban, 39, of Dorchester, was charged with operating under the influence as a second offense, operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in a statement.

Abban was arraigned in Dorchester District Court. If she posts bail, she will have to remain alcohol-free and submit to random testing. A not-guilty plea was entered on her behalf, prosecutors said.

She will return to court Jan. 27.

Abban was driving on Old Colony Avenue near the JFK/UMass Red Line station last night when she struck the Chinatown man, prosecutors said.

A witness at the scene told State Police a black SUV traveling at about 35 miles per hour struck the man, sending him “flying into the air.” The SUV continued driving, slammed into a guardrail, and drove toward the JFK/UMass Station, prosecutors said.

State Police stopped a vehicle matching that description and brought the driver, Abban, back to the scene. Abban reeked of alcohol and told officers she had had “way too many” drinks at a South Boston bar, prosecutors said.

Abban failed multiple sobriety tests. She could not recite the alphabet past the letter “F,” could not stand on one leg, and could not walk in a straight line. She blew a chemical breath test of 0.25. The legal limit is 0.08, prosecutors said.

The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center, where he remains in intensive care, prosecutors said.

Abban is an MBTA bus driver, but was behind the wheel of a private vehicle, not a T bus at the time, according to Kelly Smith, MBTA spokeswoman. Smith said Abban has been a T bus driver since 2003, and is now on unpaid leave pending an investigation by the MBTA.

Abban’s commercial driver’s license – which she needs in order to drive an MBTA bus — was revoked by the Registry of Motor Vehicles because she failed the chemical breath test given to her after the crash. Her standard driver’s license was also suspended for 30 days for the same reason, according to Mike Verseckes, spokesman for MassDOT.

Abban was investigated for drunken driving and her license was suspended in 2007 following a 2006 crash in Braintree. She was later held civilly responsible in the crash, according to RMV records. The drunken driving case was continued without a finding after she attended and completed a drunk driver’s education course, according to RMV records.

Abban was also involved in surchargeable crashes in 2001, 2005 and 2010 in addition to the Braintree crash, according to the RMV records.


December 9, 2013

Easthampton police arrest Mauricio Velasquez in connection with double fatal accident on Hendrick Street

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Negligence,Personal injury — Tags: , , , — Local News @ 8:12 am

Police have arrested Mauricio Velasquez, of Springfield, in connection with a car accident that killed his own 3-year-old child and the 71-year-old driver of another vehicle Saturday.

Velasquez, the operator of a white van allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed, was taken to Baystate Medical Center with serious injuries. He was later arrested and charged with drunken driving, two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of causing serious injury while operating under the influence, a marked lane violation, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, child endangerment while operating under the influence, operating without a license, and one count of having a child under 5-years-old in a car without a car seat, police said.

Police and firefighters are still investigating the crash that occurred in the area of Hendrick Street just after 3:30 p.m. Police say Velasquez allegedly lost control of his vehicle, struck a guardrail and ended up on the opposite side of the road where he collided with blue pick-up truck. Both vehicles suffered extensive damage and firefighers used the Jaws of Life to extricate the victims from the vehicles, police said.

Charles Hoffman, 71, of Easthampton, died in the accident. He was driving the pick-up truck. His 69-year-old female passenger was seriously injured in the accident and was admitted to Baystate Medical Center, according to First Assistant District Attorney Steven E. Gagne of the Northwest District Attorneys office.

A male passenger in the van, whose name and age were not released, was also taken to Baystate Medical Center with serious injuries. The child’s name was not released, Gagne said.

Velasquez was arrested at Baystate Medical Center and is being held on $50,000.00 cash bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Northampton District Court, depending on his medical condition.

Easthampton police, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, and the state police collision analysis and reconstruction section are investigating.


November 20, 2013

Wakefield man, 71, identified as person fatally struck by alleged drunk driver on I-95 in Reading

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Personal injury — Tags: , — Local News @ 11:52 pm

State Police today released the name of the 71-year-old Wakefield man who was killed on Interstate 95 in Reading Tuesday night when he was struck by a car driven by an allegedly drunk Brockton woman.

Vittorio Recupero had pulled his Hyundai Tucson over in the breakdown lane and was standing outside the vehicle at about 8:20 p.m. when he was struck by a Toyota Scion allegedly driven by Mary Grigoriadis, 32, State Police said.

Recupero was transported to Lahey Clinic in Burlington where he died of his injuries, State Police said.


November 19, 2013

Woman dragged to her death on Rte. 1 between Wrentham, Foxboro, Mass.

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Personal injury — Tags: , — Local News @ 11:32 pm

Authorities say a woman has died after being struck by a pickup truck outside a Wrentham motel and dragged three miles up U.S. Route 1 to Foxborough.

The body of Kanchanben Patel was found at about 10 p.m. Monday just south of the Patriot Place shopping center.

The Norfolk district attorney’s office says the woman and her husband were struck outside the Arbor Inn, where they worked.

Her husband survived with minor injuries.

Police say 22-year-old Moses Acloque, of Norwood, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

A passenger in the pickup truck he was driving has not been charged.

The situation remains under investigation.

A man who answered the phone at the motel said no one was available to comment.

Source: NECN

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