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September 19, 2013

Two in critical condition following chase, crash

Police seeking info from public to identify one victim

By Douglas Moser

---- — METHUEN — Two teenage boys were critically injured in a crash early yesterday morning during what police said was a pursuit of a stolen car.

Two boys, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old, are in critical condition in Boston hospitals after the Honda they were in crashed into a tree at a high rate of speed at about 3:10 a.m. yesterday on Riverside Drive, police Capt. Randy Haggar said. They were the only two occupants in the car, and Haggar said they do not know which was driving.

Police did not release the identity of either boy yesterday.

Lowell police pursued a red Acura believed to be stolen on Route 110 after 3 a.m. yesterday, police said. Methuen officer Eric Ferreira spotted the Acura on Lowell Street by Riverside Drive and attempted to stop it, but a black Honda blocked Ferreira’s cruiser during pursuit on Riverside Drive and allowed the Acura to get away.

“It appeared the vehicles were acting in tandem,” Haggar said in a statement yesterday morning.

The boys sped away in the Honda eastbound on Riverside Drive and lost control a short distance away near Glen Avenue, crashing into a tree, police said. The impact ejected the 14-year-old through the front of the vehicle and partially ejected the other through the rear window.

The 14-year-old was taken to Lawrence General Hospital after the crash and transferred to Children’s Hospital in Boston, where he is in critical condition. Haggar said police have not been able to talk to him.

The other teen was transported by MedFlight to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston with life-threatening injuries and also is in critical condition. Police did not know his identity, including his age, until yesterday afternoon.

State Police are assisting with crash reconstruction.

Police located the stolen Acura in Lawrence a short time later and held it for Lowell police. The black Honda the boys were driving was reported stolen out of Lawrence, Haggar said. They did not find anything in the Honda.

Lawrence, Lowell and Methuen police are investigating.

Haggar said he did not know how the boys in the Honda are connected to the driver of the Acura.

Lawrence interim police Chief James Fitzpatrick said he could not comment. “It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment because I’m not sure what stage (Lowell is) at in their investigation,” he said.

Lowell police Captain Kelly Richardson did not respond to requests for comment.


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