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March 12, 2013

Two injured in three-car crash in Arlington

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Personal injury — Tags: , — Local News @ 10:08 pm

A mother and daughter were injured Sunday evening after being struck by a vehicle with five juveniles and an open container of alcohol, according to Arlington Police Captain Richard Flynn.

On Sunday, March 10, at 6:03 p.m., police responded to the accident on Crosby Street, Flynn said. A car driven by a teenage girl had struck a second car with a mother and daughter, which in turn struck a car parked in a driveway, causing major front-end damage to all three vehicles.

Firefighters extracted the daughter from the second car with the Jaws of Life, Flynn said. She was bleeding from the head and complaining of back and hip pain. Her mother, outside the car, reported back and neck pain. Both were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital.

An officer smelled alcohol on the three juveniles who exited the third car, unharmed, Flynn said. There was an open container of alcohol in the car. But all denied drinking and the female driver passed field sobriety tests.

Two young men were seen fleeing the scene after the crash and were tracked down by police, Flynn said, who asked them why they fled. They said they were afraid of getting in trouble and also denied drinking.

Police decided to charge all five youths with possessing alcohol as minors, Flynn said, and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, and additionally charge the driver with speeding and operating a vehicle to endanger.


February 16, 2013

Charges filed after fatal crash in Holyoke

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Personal injury — Tags: — Local News @ 10:58 pm

Charges have been filed following a fatal car accident Friday morning where a car slammed into a utility pole at 961 Main Street in Holyoke.

The victim was a 32 year old female who’s name has not been released by Holyoke Police. Charges have been filed against Michael Malloy, 23 of Holyoke and include motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence of alcohol and two counts of speeding.


January 17, 2013

Man charged with driving into park bench, injuring 71-year-old

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Personal injury — Tags: , — Local News @ 10:04 am

Charges come 4 months after crash at GAR Park

It’s been four months since an SUV crashed into a park bench, causing a 71-year-old man to lose a finger and suffer other injuries.

Yesterday, someone was charged in the case.

Angel Suarez, 66, of 3 May Court, Methuen, was arraigned in Haverhill District Court on charges related to the crash, which caused the victim sleeping on the park bench injuries to his finger, hip, ribs and shoulder, police said.

The crash happened the night of Aug. 31 at GAR Park, across the street from the public library. Yesterday, the district attorney’s office failed to answer questions about why it took investigators so long to bring Suarez to court.

Police said Suarez was driving drunk and that his car also hit the Korean War monument in the park, causing minor damage to it. After the crash, he drove away from the park and traveled over the New Hampshire line into nearly Newton, police said. There, his SUV went off the road and he was arrested, police said.

Newton police said that when they found Suarez, his pockets contained three receipts from a restaurant in Salem. The receipts showed he bought six margaritas and three beers about an hour before he drove his vehicle off the road on Route 108 in Newton, police said. Suarez eventually pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and he lost his right to drive in New Hampshire as well as Massachusetts, his lawyer said.

In Haverhill yesterday, Suarez was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of leaving the scene of property damage. During yesterday’s hearing, Suarez’s defense lawyer Robert Lewin said it has been almost five months since the night of the accident and that he and his client previously attended a clerk’s hearing in Haverhill District Court, during which yesterday’s hearing was scheduled.

Prosecutor Stephen Patten said that after Suarez’s SUV struck the park bench, injuring Victor Welch of Haverhill, the SUV hit the Korean War Memorial. Patten said that according to witnesses, Suarez then paused for about 30 seconds before driving away.

“Not only did he strike the bench, he shattered the bench,” Patten said during yesterday’s hearing.

Patten said that after Suarez drove away from GAR Park, Newton police received a report of a vehicle off the road and went to the scene. There, they found Suarez. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with drunken driving, police said. According to a Newton police report, Suarez agreed to a Breathalyzer test, which showed a blood alcohol level of .196.

“Police had to hold him up,” Patten said about field sobriety tests that were conducted by Newton police and which police said Suarez failed. “In addition, the defendant was in total disbelief that he was in New Hampshire.”

Patten asked Judge Stephen Abany to hold Suarez on $10,000 cash bail saying he has a “real problem with alcohol.”

Lewin said Suarez accepted “full responsibility” by pleading guilty to drunken driving in New Hampshire and that he is scheduled to begin a drunk driver education program this week in New Hampshire. Lewin said Suarez’s license to drive was revoked in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for an indefinite period.

Lewin said Suarez, a native of Ecuador who served in the army there, is a U.S. citizen, and that he obtained degrees in physics and mathematics and is retired from work in the high-tech field. Lewin argued against holding Suarez on high bail, saying he showed up for all of his hearings in New Hampshire, that he cooperated with Newton police and gave permission to Haverhill police to search his vehicle.

Lewin said he would not dispute the drunken driving charges in this case, but questioned the charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon as it relates to leaving the scene. He said there was no evidence showing Suarez knew he hit a person because it was dark at the time and the victim was lying on the bench. Lewin said Suarez had no prior charges of driving under the influence. Patten said Suarez’s driving record includes failure to stop after an accident in Lowell in 2003.

Abany released Suarez on several conditions, including that he not drive any vehicle, remain alcohol free, submit to drug and alcohol screenings, and install an “Intoxilator” device inside all the vehicles at his home.

“People are worried about dangerous people on the road,” Abany said.

Suarez was ordered to return to court Feb. 27 for a pretrial hearing.

According to Haverhill police, on the night of Aug. 31, Patrolman Ronald Hilchey was on patrol about 10:30 p.m. when he was flagged down by a man on Locust Street. Police said the man described a dark colored SUV that was operating erratically and that it ran red lights and stop signs.

Hilchey alerted the police dispatch center and drove up Winter Street. As he approached GAR Park, he was flagged down by several people who told him a man had just been hit by a car. Hilchey put out an alert to be on the lookout for a dark colored Toyota 4Runner matching the description given by witnesses.

Police said a Trinity EMS ambulance transported the victim to Lawrence General Hospital and that he was later taken by helicopter to a Boston hospital. State troopers and Haverhill police followed a trail of liquid through part of Haverhill and onto Route 108, before the trail ended. Police were able to identify the vehicle that crashed into Welch as Suarez’s, and when they went to his home, his wife said she had received a call about 11 p.m. from her husband, who asked her to go to Newton to bail him out of jail because he had been arrested for drunken driving.


December 28, 2012

Hanover man charged in fatal car accident on Christmas

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Personal injury — Tags: , — Local News @ 6:38 pm

A Hanover man has been charged with vehicular homicide following an alleged drunken-driving accident early Christmas morning on Plain Street in Hanover.

A 25-year-old man who was sitting in the rear seat was fatally injured when the vehicle hit a tree at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Timothy Corcoran, 24, of 108 Plymouth Road, Hanover, was arraigned Wednesday in Hingham District Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide while driving under the influence, causing serious bodily injury while driving under the influence, and operating to endanger.

Christos Theodorou was pronounced dead at South Shore Hospital about an hour after the crash, the Plymouth County district attorney’s office said.

According to the police report, the victim’s brother, George Theodorou, 23, was sitting in the front passenger seat and Christos was in the back when the vehicle Corcoran was driving, a black GMC, struck a tree near 380 Plain St.

George Theodorou and Corcoran suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to South Shore Hospital, police said.

On Wednesday, a Hingham District Court judge ordered Corcoran held on $10,000 cash bail, the district attorney’s office said. If he is released on bail, he is prohibited from driving and must not drink alcohol or use drugs.

Christos Theodorou worked as an auto mechanic at Central Automotive in Hyde Park, said Ted Nichols, a friend of the victim’s family. Nichols described Theodorou as “a real gentleman, a well-liked individual, very caring (and) devoted.”

Nichols said visiting hours for Theodorou are from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Sullivan Funeral Home on East Water Street in Rockland. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Panagia Greek Orthodox Church on Jerusalem Road in Cohasset.

Burial will follow at Hanover Center Cemetery.

Bridget Norton Middleton, spokeswoman for Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz, said Tuesday’s accident was reported to police by residents of Plain Street.

Middleton said Hanover police and State Police investigated the accident and gathered from interviews that Corcoran was inebriated.

Corcoran is due back in Hingham District Court Feb. 15 for a pretrial conference.


December 11, 2012

Man arrested for OUI after allegedly striking pedestrian following Patriots game

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Personal injury — Tags: , , — Local News @ 10:00 pm

State Troopers on detail following Monday night’s New England Patriots game at Gillette Stadium arrested a Southwick man and charged him with OUI after he allegedly struck a pedestrian in Foxborough.

“Early this morning at about 1 a.m., Trooper Michael Isom was working the Patriots Game detail when he was informed by a passing motorist that there was an accident close to his assigned post,” state police said.

Trooper Isom, according to state police, headed northbound on Route 1 when he found a man lying on the road.

“The man was in obvious pain and rolling around on the ground,” state police said. “Trooper Isom requested EMS and gave out a description of the suspect’s vehicle.”

Trooper Jeremiah Donovan was working about two miles away from the pedestrian accident, according to state police, when he observed an Infinity sedan with a hole in the windshield and a broken side-view mirror.

“Trooper Donovan stopped the vehicle and notified the command post he might have the vehicle involved in hitting the pedestrian,” according to state police. “Trooper Isom responded to the scene and after speaking with the operator and his passengers, Trooper Isom placed Daniel Lishness, 27, of Southwick under arrest.”

Lishness was “observed to heavy odor of an alcohol on his breath,” according to state police, was “unsteady on his feet and was slurring his words.”

Lishness was transported to the State Police Barracks in Foxborough and booked on the following charges: OUI Liquor 2nd offense, leaving the scene of personal injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and OUI liquor with serious injury and negligent operation. He was held overnight and will appear Tuesday morning in Wrentham District Court.

The victim, 30, of Boston, was reported to have a broken leg with cuts and bruises.

Original post (Dec. 11, 2012) – Massachusetts State Police responded to a hit and run that took place on Route 1 near the Foxborough/Wrentham border early Tuesday morning, according to state police.

At approximately 1 a.m., a man was struck by a motor vehicle near the Dalzell Brothers car dealership. According to the Massachusetts State Police, the “driver quickly fled the scene but was later stopped by two Massachusetts State Troopers who were working Monday night’s Patriots’ game.”

The troopers then arrested Daniel Lishness, 27, of Southwick, and charged him with his second OUI offense, leaving the scene of personal injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and an OUI liquor and serious injury and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Lishness was taken to the Massachusetts State Police barracks in Foxborough and will be arraigned in Wrentham District Court Tuesday.

The victim in the accident was transported to Rhode Island Hospital. No update on his condition was available, according to the Massachusetts State Police.


December 5, 2012

Four injured in Milford crash

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Personal injury — Tags: — Local News @ 11:20 pm

Four people were taken to the hospital, one by medical helicopter, after the car they were driving in slammed into a large boulder along Purchase Street on Monday night.

Milford Police at 10:57 p.m. received reports of a car crash in the area of 110 Purchase St., near Overlook Circle.

Responding officers found that a red 1993 Acura Integra, driven by Juan Delgado, 19, of 4 Purchase St. Apt. 2, Milford, had crashed into a large boulder on the side of the road, according to police reports.

Delgado was injured along with his three passengers, Johathan Castro, 21, also of 4 Purchase St. Apt. 2, Milford, Johnny Castro, 21, of 19 Green St. Apt. 2, Milford, and Vanessa Wouters, 20, of 265 Village St., Medway, according Milford Police Sgt. James Heron.

Police blocked off Purchase Street while emergency responders used hydraulic rescue tools to free Johnny Castro, who was in the driver’s side backseat of the car, Heron said.

Four ambulances and a medical helicopter were called to the scene to take all four occupants to the hospital. Johnny Castro was taken by helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center, while Johathan Castro, Delgado and Wouters were taken by ambulance to Milford Regional Medical Center, according to Heron.

“The one who was trapped was in serious condition. He had some compound fractures, a head injury and some trauma, but none were life-threatening injuries,” Heron said. “One (occupant) was walking, and two were already out on the ground (when police arrived).”

The Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council’s reconstruction team was called to scene to assist with the investigation, which police said is on-going.

Police issued a court summons for Delgado, who is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and causing serious injury, driving negligently so as to endanger, driving an uninsured motor vehicle, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, and cited for speeding and a marked lanes violation.

The rescue is shown in a video on the Milford Police Department Facebook page, along with photos of the accident.


October 31, 2012

Norwood Police: Drunken driver hits car, injures two

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Personal injury — Tags: , — Local News @ 7:47 am

NORWOOD – Two people were hurt in a head-on collision on the southbound side of the Boston-Providence Highway in Norwood on Saturday.

At 3:35 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, police officers Timothy McDonagh, Shawn Wilman, Angela Gulla and Patrick Bishop and ambulances from Norwood, Walpole and Westwood responded to the accident.

Rescue workers found that the two passengers of the car traveling southbound- the male driver and female passenger- had sustained serious injures. The two victims were transported to a Boston hospital, Norwood Police said in a press release.

Police also found Miguel Sanchez Lewis, 46, of 248 Hyde Park Ave., Jamaica Plain. Lewis was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (fourth offense), driving under the influence of liquor resulting in serious injury and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, police said. He was also cited civilly for possession of marijuana, though there were no drug charges in this case, police said.

Before Lewis was released to the Norwood Police, he was transported to Norwood Hospital for treatment.

Officer McDonagh is working with the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit as he continues to investigate the case.


October 29, 2012

Man faces charges in fatal Worcester, Mass. accident

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Personal injury — Tags: , — Local News @ 8:40 am

Source: NECN

September 24, 2012

Norton native killed in car accident

Filed under: Criminal,Law,Personal injury — Tags: , — Local News @ 11:00 pm

Police said a young mother is dead and a Rhode Island man is facing drunken driving charges after a two-vehicle crash in Attleboro on Thursday night, Sept. 20.

Authorities said Jason Kwolek, 32, of Pawtucket, was driving a Jeep when he slammed head-on into another driver on Route 152 at about 10:30 p.m.

James Guerrini, the father of 24-year-old Kaisha Guerrini, said his daughter was the driver of the other vehicle and was killed in the crash.

“I’ve lost a beautiful person who cared a lot for other people and gave a lot to everybody,” he said.

Both Kwolek and Guerrini and had to be extricated from their vehicles by firefighters.

Kwolek was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where his condition is unknown.

Following his release, police expect to charge Kwolek with vehicular homicide, operating under the influence, operating to endanger and speeding.

Police in Plainville are investigating whether Kwolek may have been involved in a hit-and-run in their town just minutes before. No one was hurt in that crash.

Kerrie Angell, Kaisha’s cousin, said she had a 3-year-old son and was a member of the Massachusetts National Guard. She was also a 2006 Norton High School graduate.

“Her smile was so vibrant. She was the one everyone loved. She was always the funny one,” Angell said. Family said Guerrini was driving home from a friend’s house when she was struck and killed.

“He stole the light of our life from our family and from her son who will grow without her,” Angell said.


September 22, 2012

Cambridge police: Drunk driver hits bicyclist

Filed under: Law,Personal injury — Tags: , — Local News @ 10:28 pm

CAMBRIDGE – Police arrested a Hyde Park man on charges of operating a car under the influence of alcohol after he reportedly hit a bicyclist riding in the same lane.

Police responded to the motor vehicle accident at 6:31 p.m. on Sept. 12. A witness, who identified herself as a physician, told police she saw the driver of a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup strike the pedestrian while traveling down Pearl Street. While attempting to assist the injured person, the witness told police she could smell a strong odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath.

Police identified the driver as Dana Mahar, 49, 583 Metropolitan Ave. in Hyde Park, and asked him to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed.


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