08/03/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Tara Monks // Tara Monks
Boston, MA – Police are investigating whether mechanical difficulties lead to a driver’s loss of control and subsequent crash that injured three people watching the Newburyport homecoming parade Saturday, August 1, 2010, as reported by The Boston Channel.
At approximately 2:17 p.m. Saturday afternoon, 91-year-old Harold Teague, of Newburyport, passed Kent Street and pulled onto High Street in his red minivan. The parade was just finishing.
Authorities claim his vehicle began to accelerate and then struck three people, including a husband and wife, who were crossing the street at the parade. After striking the pedestrians, the van continued into the opposite lane of traffic.
An eyewitness told The Boston Channel, “He accelerated. He hit her head on. She kind of flew in the air and landed on the hood of the car and then fell in the road, and then the tire of his car brushed the side of her head and then kind of hit her head. And then he really accelerated across the street and hit [a] rock here.”
Teague’s van ended its rampage after colliding with a boulder on the opposite side of the street.
Witnesses reported the woman who was struck by the van stood up after the hit, but was warned to lie down as emergency personnel checked her out.
She was later listed in serious but stable condition at a local hospital. Her husband was treated and released. The third victim to the runaway minivan refused treatment.
Teague’s son was a passenger in the minivan at the time of the crash. He reported he has no idea what happened.
Police filed a request to suspend Teague’s driver’s license, but it is unclear whether he will face any charges for the crash.
Newburyport police Sgt. Peter Finnegan explained, “He knew that he lost control, but why, he couldn’t say.”
Phone: (561) 865-6021