, Salem, MA

September 19, 2013

Police identify men hurt in Swampscott crash

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SWAMPSCOTT — State police have identified the four men seriously injured during a fiery crash on Stetson Avenue early Saturday morning.

The accident occurred about 12:56 a.m., when a white Chrysler 300 crashed into the granite wall of an abandoned railroad trestle on the curve near 20 Stetson Ave., then caught fire, according to an email from state police spokesman David Procopio.

The driver of the vehicle, previously identified as the nephew of Swampscott police Chief Ron Madigan, has been identified as Daniel Madigan-Fried, 24, of Swampscott. He was transported via ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The right front passenger has been identified as Michael Caira, 26, of Nahant. He was transported by MedFlight to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Thomas Joseph Dejoy, 26, of Marblehead, was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital, then taken to Massachusetts General Hospital by ambulance with life-threatening injuries. Dejoy had been in the vehicle’s left rear passenger seat.

The right rear passenger, identified as Colin Dejoy, 24, of Swampscott, was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries.

Procopio said all of the men except Caira had been released from the hospital as of Tuesday night. A representative at Brigham and Women’s Hospital said last night that Caira was no longer a patient there.

Led by Sgt. Eric Bernstein, state police have taken over the investigation to “avoid the potential appearance of a conflict of interest,” since the driver of the vehicle was related to the Swampscott chief, Procopio said.

“It is common for state police to take over investigation of local jurisdiction cases with circumstances such as these if local departments request us to do so,” he wrote. “We commend Chief Madigan for his integrity in taking the proper course of action and asking MSP to handle the investigation.”

Procopio said state police will determine whether any charges are to be filed “based by analyzing the evidence and applying the facts to the applicable laws.”