Driver Charged in Fatal Methuen Hit-and-Run

By Tom Kiley on December 28, 2009

December 26, 2009 – Methuen - A Methuen man was struck and killed by a drunk hit-and-run driver on Christmas Eve. The pedestrian victim was walking to his apartment after visiting with veterans at a nearby VFW post.

The Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports that Scott Callahan, 51, of Methuen, Mass. died Thursday night from fatal injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident on Union Street. The DUI crash occurred at about 11:43 p.m.

Police have arrested Arturo Cruz Jr., 29, of Springfield, Mass. in connection with Thursday’s fatal pedestrian crash. Authorities say Cruz is believed to have been the driver of the Toyota Tercel that struck victim Callahan just before the Tercel crashed into a nearby utility pole.

Suspect Cruz is said to have left the scene on foot before emergency vehicles responded to the car accident.

A snow-covered sidewalk also might have factored into the pedestrian crash, as witnesses said that the portion of sidewalk near the scene of the car accident had not yet been shoveled.

The charges against Cruz include:

  • Leaving the scene of a fatal accident
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Driving after a revocation of license

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2008 Massachusetts Crash Statistics, there were 363 fatalities as a result of car accidents in Massachusetts

We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Scott Callahan for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Our heart goes out to everybody who knew and loved Callahan. Please keep them in your prayers.

Contacting a Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer

It would be in the Callahan family’s best interest to contact an experienced Methuen, Massachusetts personal injury lawyer, who can analyze all elements of this tragic accident and ensure they get the justice and compensation they rightfully deserve. In any fatal pedestrian accident case involving a negligent driver, families of deceased victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for medical/funeral expenses and other damages.

A qualified pedestrian accident lawyer should also look into whether there was a dangerous condition on the roadway. If such a condition caused or contributed to this fatal pedestrian accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that particular roadway could be held liable. Massachusetts has a statute of limitations which may prevent you from filing a claim against a governmental agency if too much time has passed.

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