A Peabody police officer was seriously injured this week when he was hit while working a paid detail at a construction site on Route 1 in Peabody. Sergeant Eric Zawacki, 37, was standing next to his police cruiser when a driver of a black Chevrolet Avalanche stopped and asked the officer for directions. A 1991 red Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by Elroy Halfrey, 76, of Salem, N.H., then hit both Zawacki as a pedestrian and crashed into the truck that was pulled over for directions, causing both a pedestrian accident and a two-car crash. Zawacki was thrown over the hood of the truck. He was taken Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he remains in critical condition.
David Procopio, Massachusetts police spokesperson, confirmed that he had surgery for his serious injuries and is expected to survive. Massachusetts General Public Affairs Officer Kory Dodd reported that Zawacki was in serious condition and that his “vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. The patient is acutely ill.”
After the crash, Halfrey remained at the scene of the accident. Although the accident is still under investigation, police commented that the wet roads and the driver´s speed were each potential factors of the accident. State Police Lieutenant Tracy Webber said, “It’s still a preliminary investigation…Because it’s an active work zone, that is a contributing factor too. The roadway was wet, that comes into play.” She said police will determine if the driver of the red pickup truck will be charged.
Peabody Police Detective Michael Crane said that although no charges have yet been filed against the suspect, he said “I’m sure once they are done with [the State Police investigation] if a citation is required they will process that accordingly.”
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Peabody police sergeant struck, seriously injured by vehicle on Route 1, www.boston.com, December 5, 2011
Peabody officer working detail hit by car, seriously injured, The Boston Herald , December 5, 2011
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