Police say that speed may have led to the car crash that killed a Salem man and injured a Derry girl earlier this week. Police were called to Island Pond Road just after midnight when a 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier veered into the opposite lane and hit a tree. An assistant medical examiner pronounced the driver, 18-year-old Robert Stuart, dead at the scene of the car accident.
A 16-year-old girl was seriously injured and taken to Boston Medical Center for medical treatment. Her name has not been released to the public. Neither Stuart nor his passenger were wearing seat belts when the car crash occurred. He attended Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow and the Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative in Massachusetts and would have graduated next month.
Although police say they believe speed may have caused the car accident, they are still investigating.