By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — SALEM — Police say a Lynn man lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree on Highland Avenue on Sunday night after the woman he was driving with punched him in the face.
Officers responded to a 9:58 p.m. report of a rollover accident at 55 Highland Ave. and determined that a vehicle driven by Christopher Maniscalco, of 60 Gardiner St., Lynn, had been traveling north when it veered off the roadway, struck a tree and flipped onto its roof.
Police said Maniscalco had been arguing with his passenger, identified as Natalya Barnard, of 171 Beachbluff Ave., Swampscott, when the accident occurred.
“Barnard punched Maniscalco in the face several times while he was driving,” police wrote.
An officer said both people were transported to nearby Salem Hospital after the Fire Department extricated them and that Barnard suffered “significant” injuries. The Fire Department declined to provide additional details.
Police will summons Maniscalco on a charge of operating a motor vehicle negligently to endanger and a marked lanes violation. Additionally, police will request a warrant to arrest Barnard on a charge of domestic assault and battery, according to the log.
A state police reconstruction team was called to the scene to investigate the crash.