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Passenger in Pre-Christmas Groton Road Crash Runs Away From Scene

The following information was supplied by the Westford Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction. More detailed reports may be delayed due to extenuating circumstances.

Dec. 21, 10:30 p.m. – An officer was dispatched to the intersection of Groton, Tyngsboro and Depot for an accident involving two vehicles.

One vehicle was a Toyota Prius, the other was a Jeep Wrangler.

There was a large area of debris beginning at the middle of the intersection, heading 75 feet west along the middle of Groton Road.

No one appeared to be injured.

A nearby witness said he saw the Jeep travelling east on Groton Road, about to turn north onto Tyngsboro Road as the Prius was heading west on Groton Road, noting that the Jeep was travelling quickly and the Prius did not brake and also had a solid green light.

The driver of the Jeep said that he had a solid green light and did not see the Prius and his passenger ran away from the scene briefly to avoid “getting in trouble.” He said he was not speeding. The Prius driver said she was not speeding, and did not see the Jeep either.

The passenger who left the scene briefly did see the Prius, but due to the speed of the incident, was unable to say anything in time, saying that he was trying to get a ride home from his father. The officer requested that in the future the passenger remain at the scene until matters were resolved.

A search of the car led to the discovery of unopened alcoholic beverages in the jeep. The operator of the jeep was issued a citation for failure to yield as well as an unspecified citation.

Dec. 24, 1:50 p.m. - Police received a call about a motor vehicle violation near Northern Bank on Main Street, but the only vehicle in the area belonged to a maintenance worker there. The maintenance worker was not intoxicated and was cooperative. Officers thanked the man for his time.  

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