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Merrimack Valley

March 22, 2011

Hit-and-run leads to insurance fraud charges

LAWRENCE — Tanya Estevez allegedly left her two children with a stranger at a car crash scene last May while she fled in a cab.

Now, a lengthy police investigation has led to motor vehicle, drug and child endangerment charges against Estevez, 29, of 37 Falmouth St. #3, Lawrence, as well as insurance fraud charges against attorney Robert Wood, 56, of 10 Country Spring Loop, Haverhill.

The case began last May 21, when Officer Stacey Griffin responded to a hit-and-run crash at Exeter and Grafton Streets. The crash victim, Kevin Fife, said he was driving on Winthrop Avenue when a woman in a 2005 Toyota Celica T-boned him. The woman got out of the car, which had a license plate saying "SMTNUP," and identified herself to Fife as Tanya Estevez, police reports said.

Fife told police that Estevez handed him a cellphone and said the owner of the Celica wanted to speak to him.

"Fife took her phone and had a brief conversation with a male who Fife claims attempted to intimidate him by saying, 'I want all your information, you're at fault,'" a police report said.

A stranger drove Estevez's daughters, around the ages of 7 and 8, home to Falmouth Street while Estevez flagged down a taxi and left, according to police reports.

Police have reported Estevez to the state Department of Children and Families.

The tow truck driver told police that he towed the Celica two days before the accident. He towed the car after Officer Charles Saindon stopped Estevez for having a brake light out. Saindon found that Estevez's license was suspended for nonpayment of child support. She said the car belonged to her friend, Wood, police reports said.

Saindon cited Estevez for operating with a suspended license and he cited Wood for allowing an unlicensed driver to use his car and for having a defective brake light. The tow truck driver said Wood picked up the car from the towing company, police said.

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