Driver dies after crash into CVS

This photo, posted to the Beverly Fire Department Facebook page, shows a black sedan angled across an aisle some distance inside the CVS on Dodge Street, where it crashed through the side of the building early that morning. The car left a gaping hole in the rear wall of the store, which is adjacent to Shaw's.

BEVERLY — The driver of the car that crashed into a CVS on Dodge Street early Wednesday morning has died in what police are calling a suicide.

Police identified the person as a 24-year-old female. They were withholding her name until her family was notified.

Police spokesman Officer Michael Boccuzzi said the crash happened "in concert with a self-inflicted wound." Police received a call about the crash at 1:44 a.m.

Boccuzzi said the store was open at the time and employees were inside but that nobody else was hurt.

The crash left a gaping hole in the side of the CVS building nearest to Shaw's Supermarket in the North Beverly shopping plaza on Dodge Street. Photos from the Beverly Fire Department show the vehicle deep inside the building, with shelves toppled over and store items scattered on the floor.

Firefighters extricated the driver from the car and began treating the woman, who was in critical condition. She was taken to Beverly Hospital by Northeast Regional Ambulance.

The incident is under investigation by Beverly and state police.

The store was closed later Wednesday morning, although the drive-through pharmacy was open.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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