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Trucks, porches damaged in Hagerstown crash

December 28, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A Boonsboro man was charged in a Monday afternoon crash in Hagerstown in which four vehicles were damaged and a porch destroyed.

Monty Massie, 48, of 205 Carroll Ave., was charged with driving under the influence, failure to stop at a red light, failure to stop at a personal injury accident, driving on a revoked license, driving on expired registration and driving an uninsured vehicle, Hagerstown Police Department Officer Wayne Hose said.

Hose alleged that a 1985 Ford pickup truck driven by Massie ran a red light as it was traveling west on Antietam Street and struck a 2004 Toyota pickup truck driven by Ronald Turner. The Toyota then struck two other parked pickup trucks in the 100 block of South Mulberry Street, jumped the curb and landed on the porch of 104 S. Mulberry St., Hose said.

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That porch collapsed in several areas.

A Mazda truck that was parked near the First Brethren Church was forced into a porch at 106 S. Mulberry St., but that porch did not appear to be damaged to the extent of the neighboring one.

Hose said Massie initially drove from the scene, but was taken into custody a few minutes after the crash.

Hose said such crashes are not uncommon at the South Mulberry and Antietam streets intersection.

"I think people are just in a hurry, not paying attention in that intersection, which is a highly traveled area," Hose said.

Several residents in the 100 block of South Mulberry Street agreed with Hose's assessment.

"This is the worst place I've ever lived for accidents," said Thomas Stine, a South Mulberry Street resident for 14 years. Stine's parked Ford Ranger pickup truck sustained damage to its rear when it was struck Monday.

"I've seen light poles taken off and all over here," he added.

Massie remained in police custody through early Monday evening, Hose said.

He said Turner walked to the hospital for treatment of a minor leg injury. A hospital spokeswoman said records on Turner were not immediately available.

The owner of the Mazda truck that was severely damaged in the incident was visiting his wife at the hospital at the time of the crash, Hose said.

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