METHUEN — An elderly couple hit by a car in the parking lot of Holy Family Hospital Monday morning was transported to Lawrence General Hospital for treatment, one with a serious head injury.
One man, James Sarcione, 74, of Methuen, was transported to the trauma unit at Lawrence General, and then air-lifted to Massachusetts General Hospital with "serious life-threatening injuries," Methuen police Capt. Randy Haggar said in a statement.
The hospital Tuesday afternoon listed him in serious condition.
The other pedestrian, Marilyn Sarcione, 77, of Methuen, sustained minor injuries, but was taken to Lawrence General, police said.
Marilyn Sarcione's condition was not available from Lawrence General Tuesday afternoon.
Haggar said a man, Martin Tokowicz, 74, of Methuen, attempted to back into a parking space in the parking lot at about 11 a.m. when he lost control of his 2010 Dodge Avenger, continued in reverse and struck the couple, Haggar said.
The car came to a rest after hitting a parked 2009 Buick, according to police.
The Massachusetts State Police Reconstruction Unit is assisting Methuen Police with the investigation.
Haggar said no charges have been sought against Tokowicz at this time.
Dorchester man arrested in Andover housebreak
ANDOVER — A 41-year-old Dorchester man was arrested outside a Maple Avenue home after a neighbor saw him breaking into the dwelling.
Vinh Tan Nguyen of 11 Cheverus Road was charged with breaking and entering in the daytime, a felony, and larceny of $250 following the 4 p.m. incident.
Police Commander Charles Heseltine said a neighbor of 44 Maple Ave. saw Nguyen taking a screen off a back porch window.
The woman immediately called police. Three officers surrounded the house. As soon as he realized he was surrounded, Nguyen came out on the front porch and surrendered.
"He apologized to the officers," Heseltine said. "He was polite and cooperative."
The man was then handcuffed. Police found jewelry in his pockets that the homeowner identified as hers.
He told police he had been waiting for a train back to Boston but needed some money so he decided to break into the house.
Heseltine said the break-in doesn't appear to have anything to do with other break-ins reported earlier in the year in West Andover.
"We haven't been able to tie him to anything else in Andover," he said. "There is no correlation between this and any other break-ins."
He praised the neighbor for calling police.
"The neighbor did just what she should have done," he said. "It was great she called us and we were able to get up there. The officers did a great job. They got up there quick."
Nguyen, who did not appear to be on drugs, also had a warrant out of Boston for larceny and breaking and entering.