, Salem, MA

June 7, 2013

Fatal crash still not solved

No charges or arrests yet in case

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — Almost three weeks after a 29-year-old Salem man died after being struck by a car at the Pond View Village apartments in Gloucester, the Essex County District Attorney’s office is still investigating, now awaiting an autopsy report, and an arrest is yet to be made.

Witnesses to the crash and neighbors have confirmed to the Gloucester Times, a sister paper of The Salem News, that a 43-year-old Haverhill man, James Hayes, was driving the vehicle that struck Michael J. Linscott twice about 1:45 a.m. May 18. Police questioned Hayes at the scene, then again when he voluntarily rode with an officer to the station at about 4 a.m. that day. But Hayes was never arrested.

The district attorney’s office has said Hayes was initially released because he was cooperating by agreeing to questioning. The office is awaiting the results of an autopsy report, according to spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan.

“The goal of the investigation is to determine the facts and circumstances of the fatality and ultimately decide whether criminal charges are warranted,” Monahan said yesterday.

Witnesses to the crash said Hayes was at the Pond View Village apartment complex on Lepage Lane to pick up his 3-year-old daughter after he became concerned about her well-being. Linscott, neighbors say, had been dating the child’s mother and was visiting her that night.

The child was in the vehicle during the incident, according to witnesses.

Linscott was bleeding heavily at the scene of the crash and was pronounced dead later at Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Linscott’s mother, Donna Linscott, did not return calls seeking comment yesterday, but in a previous interview said her son had been living with her in Salem up until his death.

“He was my personal care assistant, he took care of me,” she said. “He was a wonderful person.”

Michael Linscott attended Beverly High School and a number of schools in Salem and Lynn. Recently, he was employed 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.”