Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 16, 2014


Accidents lead to cars hitting buildings

Cars involved in two separate crashes in town over the weekend ended up hitting buildings, one a business and the other a home.

The first accident involving a car hitting a building was reported on North Main Street at 5:43 a.m. Friday. In that accident, a 79-year-old driver started to have “a medical episode” and triggered an accident, according to Police Lt. Edward Guy.

After the accident, the car continued “across several lawns and ended up coming to rest at (John Anton’s Fabricare),” Guy said. Drivers of two vehicles involved, including the 79-year-old individual, were taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Damage to the building was minor.

Then, at 9 p.m. Saturday, a 40-year-old woman from Methuen was driving on Carriage Road when thick fog impaired her ability to see ahead of her, causing her to cut across Dascomb Road and up onto residential property, according to Guy.

“The operator of the motor vehicle was unable to apparently judge where Carriage Road ended, and ended up going through the stop sign and across Dascomb Road, knocked over a section of fence and continued straight, crashing into the front door of 120 Dascomb Road,” Guy said.

The driver of the car then left the scene on foot, but she was found a short time later. She “is going to be summonsed for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage,” Guy said.

The damage to the property was mainly in the form of a fence that was knocked down, according to Guy.


The following items were recorded in Andover police logs from Monday, Jan. 6 to Sunday, Jan. 12:


Monday, Jan. 6 — At 1:43 p.m., Joseph St. Laurent, 33, of 172 Pleasant St., Methuen, was arrested on North Main Street and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, a miscellaneous motor vehicle equipment violation and on five warrants for six separate charges.

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