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May 28, 2014

Car goes off road, damaging property -- again

Main Street location is spot of several crashes

HAVERHILL — It’s happened yet again.

A car went off Main Street, causing damage to a business and then crashing into a home.

It happened in the same spot where other cars have left the road in the past, near a curve about a quarter mile north of Interstate 495. The spot is about a half mile from the Plaistow line.

The Mitsubishi Lancer drove across the front lawns of two homes before crashing through a wooden fence and hitting Neil Stephenson’s house at 1038 Main St.

“This is worse than the one that happened almost two years ago,” Stephenson said. “I also have long deep trenches in my lawn.”

The car also caused damage to the building that houses Novak Finer Homes Realty. Owner Frank Novak said it took two days to clean up the damage, which on his property included a ruined shale wall and flower bed surrounding a wooden business sign in front of his realty office at 1046 Main St. The collision tore away one of the sign’s two vertical supports and sent pieces of shale flying.

“The guy left a trail of rubble a full city block, from Peppercorn Lane to Meadow Lane,” Novak said. “A neighbor told me that do to that kind of damage, the driver must have been traveling at up to 80 miles per hour.

“Pieces of shale were shattered and a section of the lawn was shredded,” Novak added. “It almost looked like a plane crashed as the car left a trail nearly a foot deep then went across the lawn into the neighbor’s house.”

Stephenson said the crash left a hole in the rear corner of his bedroom and also damaged siding and walls, which will have to be gutted and replaced.

Novak said the crash happened on May 18 at about 9:20 p.m., when he and his wife were at their home on Lawrence Street. A tenant who lives in an apartment above Novak’s realty office called him to say there was a crash.

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