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September 18, 2013

UPDATE: Police asking public for information on crash victim

By Douglas Moser

---- — METHUEN — Police are seeking help from the public in identifying one of the people injured in an early morning crash on Riverside Drive this morning.

Residents with information on the person, whom police only know is an Hispanic male "in his late teens or early 20s," should call Methuen Police at 978-983-8698.

Police have identified a 14-year-old boy who was ejected from the car during the crash, but are not releasing his identity.

Both are in critical condition and are being treated at Boston hospitals.

A police chase from Lowell resulted in a crash on Riverside Drive early this morning that left two people in critical condition after the car they were in actively blocked a police cruiser pursuing another stolen vehicle.

Police Capt. Randy Haggar said the 14-year-old boy was taken to Lawrence General Hospital and ultimately to Children's Hospital in B, where he is in critical condition. Another man was flown from the crash scene by MedFlight to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, where he is in critical condition with "serious life-threatening injuries," according to a police statement.

Haggar said in the statement that Lowell police were pursuing a reportedly stolen red Acura on Route 110 into Methuen just after 3 a.m. today. Methuen officer Eric Ferreira spotted the Acura on Lowell Street by Riverside Drive. He attempted to stop it, but a black Honda blocked Ferreira's cruiser and allowed the Acura to get away.

"It appeared the vehicles were acting in tandem," Haggar said in the statement.

The Honda sped away eastbound on Riverside Drive and lost control a short distance away at a bend near Glen Avenue, crashing into a tree, police said. The impact ejected the teenager through the front of the vehicle and partially ejected the man through the rear window.

Police located the stolen Acura in Lawrence a short time later and is holding it for Lowell police.

Lawrence, Lowell and Methuen police are investigating.

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