Accident Seriously Injures Elderly Pedestrian in Methuen

Photo: Captain Randy Haggar, commander of the Methuen Police Department Field Operations Bureau.

Two elderly pedestrians were injured–one with life-threatening head trauma–after an accident late Monday morning in a front parking lot at Holy Family Hospital.

Methuen Police Captain Randy Haggar said a preliminary investigation reveals a 2010 Dodge Avenger, operated by 74-year-old Martin Tokowicz of Methuen, was attempting to back in the parking lot in order to pull into a parking space when he lost control of the vehicle, striking two pedestrians, before coming to a final rest after colliding with a parked 2009 Buick.

One victim, 74-year-old James Sarcione of Methuen, was transported to the Lawrence General Hospital Trauma Unit and then air-lifted to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious life threatening head injuries. The second pedestrian, 77-year-old Marilyn Sarcione of Methuen was also transported to Lawrence General Hospital with minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Methuen Police Department with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police Reconstruction Unit.