EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 16, 2012

Charges likely in Salem crash

By Doug Ireland direland@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — SALEM — Police expect to file charges following a head-on crash Sunday night on Route 111 that injured three people, including a young girl.

One victim, a seriously injured Pelham woman, is recuperating after she had to be transferred from one hospital to another.

Kim Gendron, 53, was in fair condition yesterday at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. The crash occurred about 6:30 p.m. on Route 111 near the Autumn Woods Road intersection.

Gendron was trapped in her Toyota Corolla and had to be extricated, Salem Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said. She was taken to Lawrence General Hospital, but then had to be transported to Beth Israel, the spokeswoman said.

Her injuries included a broken leg. The car's roof had to be cut off to free her, Salem fire Capt. Stephane Cattin said.

A Kingston woman and a 6-year-old girl, traveling in a Ford Escape, also were injured, Patten said. Samantha Cunha, 38, and the unidentified child were taken to Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.

Cunha suffered serious injuries, but the child's injuries were minor, Patten said. No details on the two were available from the hospital yesterday.

Police said the crash occurred after a driver stopped on Route 111 east to make a left turn. One driver swerved around the stopped driver on the left, crossing the double yellow line and struck the other car head on, Salem police Lt. Gary Malisos said Sunday night.

The police department's accident reconstruction team was called to investigate.

Patten said yesterday that charges will be pending once the investigation is complete.

A fatal accident occurred in the same area Sept. 10. A woman driving a Mazda 6 was killed after her car crossed the center line and hit a tractor-trailer head on. The crash's impact sent the Mazda down an embankment.