By Jonathan Phelps
---- — SALEM — The mother of a 29-year-old Salem man who was killed after reportedly being struck or run over by a car early Saturday morning in Gloucester remembered him yesterday as being hard-working, fun-loving and caring. The last time they spoke was several hours before his death, she said.
Michael J. Linscott was taken to Addison Gilbert Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney’s office. As of last night, authorities had not released the name of the driver.
Authorities identified Linscott over the weekend as being from Danvers, but a late death notice in The Salem News reported he lived in Salem. His mother, Donna Linscott, said her son was living with her on Lafayette Street until his death. They previously lived in Danvers, she said.
“He was my personal care assistant, he took care of me,” Donna Linscott said yesterday. “He was a wonderful person.”
He went to Beverly High and a number of schools in Salem and Lynn. Recently, he got a job as a roofer and enjoyed painting houses, his mother said.
“He enjoyed baseball, hockey and being around family and friends,” she said. “He will be missed.”
She said phone calls have been pouring into her home and she is still “dumbfounded” by what happened. She said she has not spoken to police about the details surrounding his death.
Police received a 911 call reporting the incident at 1:41 a.m. Saturday, Kimball Monahan said, indicating that “a man had been struck by a car at 39 LePage Lane” in West Gloucester’s Pond View Village housing complex. Gloucester police, state police and detectives assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s office are investigating.
Kimball Monahan said investigators are still looking to “sort out” aspects of the case, however, a release from the district attorney’s office referred to the call only as “an incident” in which Linscott died; it did not refer to it as a car-pedestrian or any other type of “accident.”
“The driver of the motor vehicle is cooperating with the investigation and no arrests have been made,” Kimball Monahan wrote in a Saturday email to the Gloucester Daily Times, a sister paper to The Salem News.
Meanwhile, police were reportedly continuing yesterday to interview a number of witnesses regarding the incident, though there was nothing at the incident location indicating a crime scene or any other signs of investigation.
The site of the fatality came on a portion of LePage Lane that essentially serves as a driving aisle between parking spaces on the lower level of the Pond View Village complex, just past the management offices.
Sitting side by side, Pond View Village and The Heights at Cape Ann are both large-scale apartment complexes with some condominiums located off lower Essex Avenue, or Route 133.
Staff of the Gloucester Daily Times contributed to this report.