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May 25, 2013

Man seriously injured in early morning crash

METHUEN — A city man suffered life threatening injuries early yesterday morning after the car he was driving crashed into a telephone pole about 100 feet from his home on Washington Street.

Jonathan Kelley, 21, 151 Washington St., was transported to Lawrence General Hospital yesterday after the 1:37 a.m. crash with “serious life threatening injuries,” according to a police press release.

Police said Kelley was going eastbound on Washington Street when the 2006 Pontiac G6 he was driving crossed the double yellow line and crashed into a utility pole. Kelley was trapped in the vehicle and was extricated by Methuen Police and Fire personnel, police said.

Captain Randy Haggar, who responded to the scene, said yesterday afternoon that the investigation is ongoing, but police believe alcohol may have played a role in the crash. Police obtained search warrants and are waiting for blood and medical records.

No one else was in the car at the time of the crash, Haggar said, and no other vehicles were involved. The road was wet and it was raining at the time of the crash.

“We believe speed was a factor based on the amount of damage to both the car and the pole,” he added.

The Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction team is working with Methuen Police on the investigation, city police said.

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