IPSWICH — No charges have been filed in the Feb. 26 accident involving three teenagers on Linebrook Road, but authorities are still refusing to say who was involved in the crash.
Two young men were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital by helicopter, and a back-seat passenger was taken first to Beverly Hospital and then to Beth Israel in Boston. Since no identities have been released, the conditions of the youths cannot be determined.
Police said their Ford Ranger pickup struck a tree at approximately 4:04 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26.
The three were identified by Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, only as a 19-year-old Newbury man, the driver; an 18-year-old Salem man, who was a passenger in the front seat; and a 16-year-old Salisbury girl, who was riding in the back seat.
Monahan said the names are being withheld while the investigation is ongoing. Among the unresolved issues are determining where the truck was coming from and where it was going, she said. She said authorities believe it would complicate their investigation if the names were released.
The investigation is being conducted by Ipswich Patrolman Charles Ciccotelli, Ipswich Detective Peter Dziadose and Trooper Dana Atkinson of the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit.
The decision to keep the names of those involved in the accident a secret more than two weeks after the crash mirrors a decision by the district attorney in 2009 when the name of driver Thomas Larivee was kept secret for months after the car he was driving struck and killed Marblehead teen Allie Castner.
In that case, as well, the name was withheld because the investigation was ongoing. No charges were ever brought.
The delay in releasing Larivee's identity, however, resulted in unfounded accusations of favoritism. Eventually, the case was transferred to the Worcester district attorney to avoid any appearance of impropriety.