The DA’s office has not defined the investigation as criminal, but continues to refer to it as an “incident” — not as an “accident” — that led to Linscott’s death. Monahan also declined specifically to give any sense as to why the driver was released from custody after he was questioned by police; she has maintained that driver has been “cooperating” with authorities in the probe. She and the office have declined to even name Hayes as the driver.
Immediately after the crash, Linscott’s girlfriend, who lives in the apartment complex with her 3-year-old daughter, rushed out of her apartment, running toward Linscott and screaming for help, as Hufschmid tried to apply pressure to Linscott’s side, Hufschmid said. Linscott had been visiting his girlfriend at the complex that night.
Hayes, the driver, is the 3-year-old’s father, according to Hufschmid, and had driven from his home in Haverhill to pick up the girl about 1:30 a.m., after he had grown concerned about the child’s safety. The toddler was in the vehicle during the incident, as Hayes had already retrieved her from the home. But Hayes reportedly became engaged in a dispute with Linscott at the car’s window, Hufschmid said.
Hufschmid’s story confirms stories that others have told the Times.
Hufschmid said he hardly knew Linscott, whom he had only begun to notice in the area in the past couple months. But, he was acquainted with Hayes, who used to visit his child and her mother at the apartment next door.
“He seemed like a fairly decent father,” Hufshmid said of Hayes. “I’m next door and I’ve never really heard them argue. He was very pleasant. So it was all just kind of a shock to me.”
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