Predawn crash on I-95 claims life of Byfield man
By MICHAEL PUFFER
BOXFORD - Paramedic John Morrissey was driving north on Interstate 95 around 6:30 a.m. yesterday, heading to his job in the Haverhill office of American Medical Response, when he saw a dust cloud and a heavily damaged van in the far right lane of the highway.
As he approached the Dodge Caravan, Morrissey found its nose was pressed deep into the passenger side of a 1992 Honda Accord. The Peabody paramedic crawled through a broken window to reach the seriously injured and trapped driver and went to work.
Unfortunately, it would be the third time in two years Morrissey came across the victim of a motor vehicle crash on his way to work who would later die on the highway.
Jeffrey D. White, 51, of Byfield, died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash. State police said witnesses saw the Accord driving faster than 80 miles per hour and swerving in the southbound lanes before White crossed the 100-foot grass median and headed into the path of a northbound van. The crash happened near the Topsfield Road exit.
"It was a tremendous blow," Boxford Fire Chief Peter Perkins said. "The other vehicle's impact was so hard that it penetrated through the car, three-quarters of the way through the car."
White was wearing his safety belt, Perkins said. The driver of the van, 57-year-old Robert Begun of Maine, was able to walk away with relatively minor injuries thanks to airbags and his seat belt, Perkins said.
Begun cut his head and complained of chest pain. He was taken by ambulance to Beverly Hospital where he was treated and released.
Emergency workers initially called for a MedFlight helicopter. The helicopter was called off after Boxford firefighters cut open the wreckage of the Honda using the Jaws of Life and pronounced White dead, Perkins said.
White's body was taken directly to the state medical examiner's office in Boston. There was no indication drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash, State Police Sgt. David Paine said. The state police accident reconstruction team is investigating, he said.
"It appears speed was a factor," State Police Trooper Scott Schubert said. "How or why he lost control and crossed the median is being investigated."
State police were assisted by firefighters and police from Boxford, Topsfield and Georgetown.
In the eight minutes before police and firefighters arrived, an off-duty Everett firefighter stopped to help Morrissey treat White. After a few near misses by passing motorists in the dim predawn light, a trucker also stopped and set out road flares to steer traffic away from the crash, Morrissey said.
Emergency workers shut down two of the northbound lanes, Perkins said. That wasn't much of a problem as most of the morning traffic was heading south, he said. There was a backup caused by people slowing to take a look at the crash, he added.
Staff writer Jennifer Lawinski also contributed to this report.
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12-06-2003, 12:39 PM #1
Road rage kills 1 driver.I dont suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.
12-06-2003, 02:09 PM #2
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Just seems like another ***** that does not know how to drive or drives just way to fast and sadly dies because of it!
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