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Driver Flees Crash in Lowell

May 26, 2019

Police are on the lookout for a man involved in a hit-and-run crash near the corner of Fulton and West Sixth streets that sent another man to the hospital Saturday night.

Following the wreck about 8:30 p.m., the suspect drove his damaged car less than 200 yards away from the location of the initial impact before abandoning the vehicle and taking off on foot.

Lowell police confirmed the suspect remains at large as of around 10 p.m. Saturday.

According to emergency radio broadcasts, he is described as a Hispanic male, roughly 25-years-old, with short hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Raul Lopez, who lives near the corner of Fulton and West Sixth streets, was standing in the road on Fulton Street when the crash took place.

“I had to jump out of the way,” Lopez said.

He added the suspect ran a stop sign at the intersection of West Sixth and Fulton streets, right before slamming his car into a Toyota Corolla. The Toyota had been turning right off West Sixth Street and onto Fulton Street when the violent impact took place, according to Lopez.

“He spun three times,” Lopez said about the Toyota.

The Toyota then crashed into a Honda Civic, which was parked on the other side of the road. Hamza Arrache, owner of the Honda, was inside his house when the wreck occurred.

“It sounded like an explosion,” Arrache said while standing next to his damaged car.

The 23-year-old man, who was the lone occupant of the Toyota, was injured and taken by ambulance to an area hospital, both Lopez and Arrache said. The man was conscious, “but he was in pain,” Lopez added.

Meanwhile, the suspect driver, in his heavily damaged sedan, immediately fled the crash scene in his vehicle. He turned off Fulton Street onto West Street, leaving a path of vehicle fluids on the road. The suspect then turned his brutalized vehicle into a driveway on West Street and took off on foot.

A man, who wished to remain anonymous, said he chased the suspect for a period of time in order to see which way he went. According to the radio broadcast, he was headed toward Lakeview Avenue.

“Welcome to Centralville,” Lopez said.

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