For Immediate Release: 4/7/2013 11:53 pm
Worcester, MA (April 7, 2013) - On Saturday April 6, 2013 at approximately 3:03 AM, Worcester Police responded to the intersection of Highland and Lancaster Streets for a report of a serious two car accident. Police responding to the scene were informed that one of the vehicles had fled the scene.
Upon police arrival they observed a 2005 Kia Rio with extensive damage. There was a single occupant, the driver, sitting in the vehicle. The driver is a 57 Worcester resident that was conscious and alert but having difficulty breathing.
Worcester Fire and EMS arrived. Worcester Fire extricated the victim from the vehicle and Worcester EMS transported him to a nearby hospital. The victim suffered injuries to his shoulder and chest and is listed in critical but stable condition.
The WPD Accident Reconstruction Team was called to the scene to investigate this incident. Officers at the scene recovered several pieces of the suspect vehicle that was left behind. Officers also observed a fluid trail, left by the suspect vehicle, that traveled south on Lancaster Street.
At approximately 3:23 AM, officers from the WPI Police Department located a Ford pick-up truck parked near 60 Fruit Street. This vehicle had fresh damage to the front end. Parts recovered at the scene matched the vehicle.
Police located the driver of the vehicle; she was identified as Crystal Melendez, 30-years-old of 60 Fruit Street. Officers interviewing Melendez came to the conclusion that she was intoxicated and therefore placed under arrest. Ms. Melendez was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Causing Serious Injury, Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury and Leaving the Scene of Property Damage.
Ms. Melendez was transported to police headquarters for processing. While being booked, Ms. Melendez became combative and was additionally charged with Resisting Arrest.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the Kia Rio was traveling south on Lancaster Street as it approached the intersection of Highland Street. The Kia was attempting to turn left onto Highland Street when it was struck by the 1995 Ford F-150 traveling west on Highland Street.
The traffic lights at this intersection were in flash mode. Vehicles traveling east to west on Highland Street had a flashing yellow light while vehicles traveling north to south on Lancaster Street had a flashing red light.
This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be pending.