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Pedestrian Struck, Injured on North Street

The following information was submitted by the Salem Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

The following is an excerpt from the Salem Police Department's log:

Sunday, Dec. 23:

  • At 12:16 a.m., police responded to a loud house party on Salem Street.
  • At 8:24 a.m., a Howard Street man called police to report finding a large knife in his apartment that he believed was left behind by his daughter who recently moved out. The knife was secured by police.
  • At 9:12 a.m., a hypodermic needle was discovered on the sidewalk on Endicott Street.
  • At 1:40 p.m., a man called police to report that his car was stolen while parked on North Street.
  • At 2:13 p.m., a Lafayette Street man called police to report that a woman threatened to "punch his face in."
  • At 2:13 p.m., an Aborn Street woman called police to report that someone cut the brake line on her Mercedes Benz overnight.
  • At 4:30 p.m., a woman called police to report that someone broke into her car and stole a purse from the trunk. The woman's Visa card was later used at a Zale's jewelry store in Peabody.
  • At 4:38 p.m., police responded to a report of a tree limb down on a motor vehicle on Phillips Street.
  • At 5:44 p.m., an employee at Special Thoughts Outlet called police to report that they had tried to detain a shoplifter but they fled into Walmart. Karen Marie Dow, 50, of 26 Commercial St., Lynn, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting merchandise.
  • At 6:27 p.m., police and fire units responded to an outdoor fire on Boston Street. A man reportedly told police his grill just got out of control.
  • At 6:39 p.m., a woman entered the police station to report that she had been assaulted near the Peabody line. Luigi F. Fernandez, 23, of the streets of Salem, was arrested on two counts of domestic assault and battery.

Monday Dec. 24:

  • At 3:53 a.m., police responded to a report of two large coyotes in the reeds near the intersection of Essex and Webb streets.
  • At 8:18 a.m., a man called police to report that his car was struck overnight while parked on Peabody Street.
  • At 8:39 a.m., police responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle on North Street. The driver of the car was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and the struck pedestrian was transported to Mass General Hospital with "obvious visible injuries." The pedestrian reportedly smashed the car's windshield and was found 9 to 10 feet from the crosswalk he was crossing in.
  • At 9:53 a.m., police responded to Canal Street for a report of motor vehicle theft. A man told police he parked his car on the right side of Ropes Street and woke up to find it smashed into a telephone pole at the end of the street.
  • At 10:12 a.m., police located a man who they believed stole an envelope of money from Salem District Court. Michael J. Nigro, 32, of the streets of Salem, was arrested on a charge of larceny.
  • At 2:56 p.m., police responded to a report of a man in camouflage carrying a weapon down Charter Street. Police later located a man wearing "a devil style Halloween mask, with two small metal pitchforks in each hand." The mask and weapons were confiscated by police. 

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Sinead O'Brien December 25, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Last weekend a man was violently struck by a car on North St. at Lynde. And again a week later? I live on North, and vehicles drive way, way too fast. It's clearly a danger. Something needs to be done.
Maggi Smith-Dalton December 25, 2012 at 05:10 PM
The walk light at that intersection has never worked properly...not since day one. AND cars, as you say, drive ridiculously fast there, especially when coming around the corner on the ramp from Bridge St.
Carolyn Costain December 25, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I agree with you that cars go way to fast on North st. my sister and walk our dogs to 7/11 for hot chocolate during our walk and nobody wants to stop, even when your in the crosswalk. I can not walk real fast because of a bad knee and i got half way across the street when a car was coming straight at me and sped up while i was in the crosswalk " in the middle of the street," my sister got angry and stood right in front of the car that finely had to stop so I could get across. Like down town they should have cameras on North street and random speed checks.
ACG December 26, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Some mornings no less than a half dozen or more cars will go right past me as I stand part way into their travel lane at the 7/11 crosswalk. I would say most of them are doing 40-45. When someone does stop I have to watch out for the person behind them passing on the right. I do see an SPD officer some mornings sitting near the gas station. So there is a presence. Maybe just not often enough?
Jack Carver December 26, 2012 at 02:22 AM
That has to be the worst cross walk. Mostly the pedestrians are hidden by the parked cars at the Old Shell station side of the cross walk and just pop out into traffic. I blame both People just walk right out into the cross walk with out looking and drivers are speeding and texting.

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