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Hingham Scanner Tales: Seat belts credited in rollover; Crash turns out the lights

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 22, 2012 04:34 PM

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Six credit seat belts in Hingham rollover crash

Police say six people, including two children, avoided serious injury because they were wearing seat belts when they were involved in a rollover crash on Whiting Street on Saturday night.

On Feb. 18 at 6:15 p.m., a 2012 Kia Sorento was making a left turn exiting the Chili’s parking lot on Whiting Street when an eastbound vehicle in the right lane stopped and waved the driver out.

According to police, the Kia pulled out and struck the passenger side of an eastbound 2002 Nissan Xterra that was traveling in the left lane.

The impact caused the Nissan to spin and roll onto its side.

All three occupants of the Nissan were properly seat belted. As a precaution, they were transported to the South Shore Hospital by Hingham Fire Department paramedics.

Jenna L. Sartucci, age 18, of Weymouth, and two 17-year old women from Weymouth were treated and released at the hospital.

The occupants of the Kia – driver Robert Song, 43, of Humarock and his 11-year-old and six-year-old were also properly secured in seatbelts and a child booster seat and were not injured.

Both vehicles were towed. Song was cited for failure to yield right of way.

Man arrested for OUI crash

A Hanover man was arrested on Sunday when he allegedly crashed into a utility pole on Kilby Street, causing the street to be shut down for six hours.

At 1:47 p.m., officers responded to numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting a truck had struck a utility pole and the pole and wires were across the road.

Officers arrived at the scene and blocked addess to the road at Route 3A and Rockland Street.

Investigation showed that the vehicle, a 2012 Ford F350 pick-up truck, was traveling north on Kilby, drove off the road, and struck a utility pole near #104, police said. The truck continued north and stopped on a front lawn.

The driver was alone and had been seat belted. He was not injured.

Officers said the driver was unsteady and swaying and had difficulty standing still. They detected a strong odor of alcohol and said his speech was lethargic. He said he had drank “a few beers” earlier.

Police arrested Richard A. Lindsay Jr., 44, from Hanover and he was charged with OUI first offense, operating to endanger, and failure to stay within marked lanes.

Kilby Street remained closed until 8 p.m. to allow utility workers to removed the wires and replace the pole.

This is the second daytime crash involving alcohol within five days. The first occurred on Feb. 15 at 1:30 p.m. on Whiting Street.

“Although the majority of impaired drivers are arrested in the evening or early morning hours, these two recent daytime crashes may be a reminder that impaired drivers can be on the road at anytime,” Sgt. Steven Dearth said.

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