Car Crashes in Massachusetts and New Hampshire over Past Week End in Destroyed Property, Injuries

Car Crashes in Massachusetts and New Hampshire over Past Week End in Destroyed Property, Injuries  Two car crashes in Massachusetts and one in New Hampshire involving a Massachusetts man have resulted in destroyed store property, injuries and one death.

On July 21st, David J. Leonard, 34 years old, drove his car on Route 24 in the incorrect direction, and collided with another motorist, according to the Herald News. The Fall River man was driving his 1999 Mazda 626 on the southbound side of Route 24 – but in the wrong direction. The accident closed the southbound side of the highway for two and a half hours after the crash.

Trooper Neal Cadorette's preliminary investigation reported that Leonard's Mazda was avoided by two vehicles, but a Hyundai, driven by 26-year-old Mae Fleurent of New Bedford, collided head-on with Leonard a half-mile north of exit 8, according to the news source.

Massachusetts state police said that Leonard's Mazda was pushed up against a guardrail. Fleurent's Hyundai was sent careening into the highway's right lane, striking 18-year-old Ethan Anderson's 2004 Dodge Ram pickup. Fleurent suffered minor injuries, which she received treatment for at Charlton, and Anderson suffered none, the news outlet reports.

State Police troopers who were on duty in the Dartmouth barracks responded to the crash at 11:40 P.M. Leonard was removed from his vehicle by first responders, who then took him to Charlton. He was pronounced dead there later on. The investigation of the crash is being conducted by Massachusetts State Police's Troop D. As there was no criminal element to the crash, the Bristol Country District Attorney's Office has excused itself from the probe.

Elsewhere, in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, a gray Lincoln sedan careened into the front window of a pizza parlor on Sunday, July 24, reports WPRI. The car was driving along Winthrop Street and moved into a passing zone. A Rehoboth police officer observed this violation and turned on her cruiser's overhead lights. At this point, the sedan allegedly began to speed away.

Then, 30-year-old Richard Blomgren, the driver of the sedan, swerved into the parking lot of a Plaza Pizza establishment. It struck outdoor tables and chairs before crashing into the front of the building. The pizza parlor's front glass was shattered, according to the news source. None of the patrons inside the restaurant were injured.

Blomgren has been charged with passing in a no passing zone, destruction of personal property, operating under the influence, operation to endanger, speeding and failure to stop for police. His arraignment is scheduled for a later date, the news outlet reports.

In neighboring New Hampshire, a Massachusetts man named David Cross who was discontent with his newly purchased used vehicle, crashed his van into six cars sitting at the Portsmouth Used Car Superstore, reports USA Today.

The 42 year old from Salisbury, Massachusetts, told ABC News, "I used the lemon they sold me to move another van they wouldn't drop the price on. I pushed that car into the woods," according to the new source. He was reportedly discontent with being refused the $2,000 he paid for the van back when he tried to re-sell to the dealer. Cross' wife bought the van, the dealership noted in a statement, despite its 100,000 odometer miles.

Cross faces six felony counts and a charge for driving on a suspended license.

In 2008, there were a total of 363 fatalities caused by 136,384 crashes in Massachusetts, reports the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.