Police Investigate Crash That Took Life of Six-Year-Old Boy

Methuen and State police are investigating the cause of a two-vehicle crash Tuesday, which claimed the life of a six-year old boy.

The crash occurred at 7:25 a.m., Tuesday, at the intersection of Berkeley Street and East Brook Place, according to Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon. A preliminary investigation found the child was a passenger in a 1998 Honda Civic driven by a 34-year old Lawrence woman. As the Honda entered Berkeley Street from East Brook Place, a 2005 Ford Econoline van driven by a male struck the car’s driver's side, causing the vehicle to spin out of control. The boy was ejected from the Honda. He was declared dead at the scene. The van came to a stop after colliding through a fence and into a wall of Meeting House Hill Cemetery. No identities were released.

“The woman driving the car was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No other passengers were in the vehicle,” Solomon said. “The male operator remained on scene and is currently cooperating with police. He was the sole occupant of the (van) and was not injured.”

The incident remains under investigation by the Methuen Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.