Merrimac Police Still Investigating Home Car Crash After Chase

Merrimac Police are investigating Saturday’s Honda minivan crash into an unoccupied home. (Courtesy photograph.)

Merrimac police are still investigating a series of events Saturday night that saw a police chase end with a Honda minivan crashing into an unoccupied home.

Just after 8 p.m., Saturday, a Merrimac officer at the Merrimac police station saw a dark-colored 2007 Honda mini-van, with its hazard lights on, speeding east on East Main Street, said Chief Eric M. Shears. The officer attempted to stop the Honda near DeLeo’s Pizza, but the driver accelerated toward Merrimac Liquors plaza and drove straight into the parking lot of Merrimac Liquors. The car crashed into two concrete barriers and a cage containing residential propane tanks before rolling over several times through the parking lot, a wooden guard rail, a fence and then over a wall and into the side of the home.

The driver of the vehicle was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and then later flown by medical helicopter to a Boston area hospital with serious injuries.

The incident is under investigation by the Merrimac Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and detectives assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.