David Scott, Chief of Police
59 Main St.
Pepperell, MA 01463
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Pepperell Police Cite Juvenile for Distracted Driving Causing Head-on Collision
PEPPERELL – Chief David Scott reports that the Pepperell Police Department cited a 16-year-old boy for using a mobile device while operating a vehicle, after causing a head-on collision on Main Street last week.
On Thursday, April 28 at approximately 11:19 a.m., police responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash in the area of 6 Main St. (Route 113). Upon arrival, police observed significant front-end damage to a 2009 Hyundai Sonata and a 2001 Chevrolet Tracker.
According to police, the 16-year-old, who was driving the Hyundai, was traveling on Main Street when he crossed over into the opposite lane and struck the Chevrolet head-on.
The woman who was driving the Chevrolet sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries to one of her legs and was transported by medical helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
As a result of the crash, both lanes remained closed for approximately 20 minutes. Police then opened one lane of travel until they cleared the scene at 12:16 p.m.
“I cannot stress enough how dangerous it is for drivers to be distracted while at the wheel,” Chief Scott said. “Anything that takes your attention away from the road, even for one second, can have devastating consequences. Please stay off of all electronic devices while driving, even if you are sitting in traffic, programming a GPS or changing the radio.”
The 16-year-old was also cited for a marked lanes violation.