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State Police Release Names of Injured Crash Victims

The injured young men in Saturday's crash on Stetson Avenue are from Swampscott, Marblehead and Nahant.

Helicopter at Clarke School on the field. Credit: Neal Duffy
Helicopter at Clarke School on the field. Credit: Neal Duffy

Four young men injured in a serious crash in Swampscott early Saturday come from Swampscott, Marblehead and Nahant.

On Saturday, Sept. 14 at approximately 12:56 a.m. the Swampscott Police were notified of a single-vehicle crash in front of 20 Stetson Avenue in Swampscott, said David Procopio, a State Police spokesman. 

The vehicle’s four occupants exited the car on their own, or were pulled to safety by bystanders, he said.  

The left rear passenger, Thomas Joseph Dejoy, 26, of Marblehead, was transported for treatment of serious life-threatening injuries.  Patch will check on his condition once state police verifies the hospital to which he was transported. 

The driver, Daniel Madigan-Fried, 24, of Swampscott, was transported for treatment of serious non-life threatening injuries, the state police spokesman said.  

The right-front passenger, Michael Caira, 26, of Nahant, was transported for treatment of serious life-threatening injuries. Michael was listed in fair condition at Massachusetts General Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

The right rear passenger, Colin Dejoy, 24, of Swampscott, was transported for treatment of serious non-life threatening injuries, the state police spokesman said. 

Upon arrival officers found a white Chrysler 300 had struck the granite wall of an abandoned railroad trestle and had caught on fire.  

Preliminary investigation indicates that the operator failed to negotiate a curve in Stetson Avenue, police said. The reason why he lost control of the vehicle remains under investigation, police said. 

The crash is currently under investigation by Sgt. Eric Bernstein of the Massachusetts State Police.  Assisting with the investigation are members of the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Swampscott Police Department. 

No further information about specific details of the crash is being released at this time.

The Massachusetts State Police assumed primary investigative responsibility for this crash, even though it occurred on a local road, at the request of Swampscott Police. That request was made to avoid the potential appearance of a conflict of interest, because the operator of the Chrysler has a familial relationship to the Swampscott Police Chief, state police said. 

It is common for State Police to take over investigation of local jurisdiction cases with circumstances such as these if local departments request us to do so, the spokesman said. 

State Police commended Chief Madigan for his integrity in taking the proper course of action and asking MSP to handle the investigation. 

State Police will determine whether criminal charges are warranted based by analyzing the evidence and applying the facts to the applicable laws.

Editor's Note: We hope to update this post soon. State police is checking information it released on the names of hospitals where patients were transported.

Karen Reinhardt September 18, 2013 at 12:11 AM
Was the driver tested for alcohol/drugs?
Mario Lainfiesta September 18, 2013 at 08:40 AM
Here's hoping that the State's investigation concludes that at minimum, speed bumps need to be put in. The average speed on Stetson and Norfolk generally seems to exceed the realm of safety; never mind the speed limit. So close to a school, you'd think something would be put in - so hilly too, which limits visibility. It's a bad intersection, even if you are sober.
Bridget Russo September 18, 2013 at 10:58 AM
With the car erupting into flames, I have to wonder if it was a malfunction of some kind. I live on Stetson and that intersection is pretty easy to maneuver, if you're going the speed limit.
Mo Tilly September 18, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Stetson is fine to maneuver if you're going the speed limit and sober

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