EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 21, 2013

Haverhill driver targeted in probe

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — A Haverhill man has been identified as the driver under investigation in the death of a Salem man who was reportedly struck or run over by a car in the Pond View Village housing complex early Saturday morning.

James Hayes, 43, of 125 Ferry St., in Haverhill, has not been taken into custody, but the driver has been “cooperating” with police, according to Carrie Kimball Monahan, speaking on behalf of the office of Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. The DA’s office identified the driver as a 43-year-old Haverhill man, but refused to release or confirm the driver’s name.

Monahan said that the driver was questioned immediately after the incident, and other sources have told the Times that he was questioned by police at the scene then agreed to go to the Gloucester police station and was interviewed there about 4 a.m. But no charges have been filed, Monahan said Monday, and the incident remains under investigation.

Gloucester Police, Massachusetts State Police, and detectives assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s office are all investigating the incident that led to the death of Michael J. Linscott, now identified as a 29-year-old Salem man, on Lepage Lane in West Gloucester’s Pond View Village housing complex.

Gloucester police Chief Leonard Campanello has refused to comment on the case, and has referred all calls regarding the incident to the DA’s office. Police have also not released the report on the incident, due to the ongoing investigation.

But while Monahan said investigators were still looking to “sort out” aspects of the case, the release from the DA’s office referred to the call only as “an incident” in which Linscott died; it does not refer to it as a car-pedestrian or any other type of “accident.”

Monahan said the 911 call reporting the incident came at 1:41 a.m. Saturday indicating that “a man had been struck by a car at 39 Lepage Lane.” The victim, later identified as Linscott, was taken to Addison Gilbert Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, Monahan said. Linscott was listed by police and the DA’s office as being from Danvers, but his mother said Sunday that he had lived with her in Salem.

The site of the fatality came on a portion of Lepage Lane that essentially serves as an driving aisle between parking spaces on the lower level of the Pond View Village complex. Posted signs ask drivers to limit speed to 10 miles per hour no the road.

By the time police arrived on scene early Saturday morning, three people stood around Linscott, who was lying motionless on his back on the pavement, according to a police log item.

According to the log, a woman screamed for police to save Linscott, saying the man had been hit by a vehicle. Though Linscott initially had a pulse, he was not breathing, according to the log. An officer and Fire Department paramedics performed rescue techniques on Linscott, while another questioned Hayes and the three people standing by Linscott.

By Monday morning, there were no signs of a crime scene at the apartment complex.

The pavement was clean, the vehicle had been towed away, and not a ribbon of police tape remained.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at mnesin@gloucestertimes.com.