METHUEN – Chief Scott J. McNamara reports that the Methuen Police Department has charged a Lawrence man involved in a crash that injured a pedestrian on Saturday morning.
GREGORIO ACOSTA, AGE 25, of LAWRENCE, is charged with:
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Serious Personal Injury
- Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Operating with a Suspended License
- Operating with a Revoked License (Habitual Traffic Offender)
On Saturday, Oct. 29, Methuen Police responded at 1:17 a.m. to Broadway near Blake Street for a report of an injured pedestrian. Responding officers discovered a 65-year-old Lawrence man injured under a parked vehicle.
Officers and paramedics from Methuen Fire Department provided emergency medical care to the victim and transported him to an area hospital, where he remains.
A subsequent investigation, including a review of video captured by the city’s LAN-TEL citywide camera system, determined that the vehicle involved was a black Ford Escape missing a driver-side rearview mirror. Methuen Police learned that the driver, later identified as ACOSTA, stopped his vehicle, checked for damage, and drove away.
Methuen Police located the vehicle on Margin Street in Lawrence.
ACOSTA turned himself in to Lawrence District Court on Wednesday. He was arraigned and is being held on $10,000 cash bond.
“I wish to recognize our officers for their perseverance in this investigation,” Chief McNamara said. “Their hard work and commitment to public safety have been evident from the start, and they are a credit to the Department and community.”
The investigation by the Methuen Police Department, with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Section, is active and ongoing. Further charges are possible depending on the outcome of the investigation.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.