Early Morning Accident Kills Pedestrian

Police Seek Information from Witnesses


By S. Aaron Shamshoyan

(UPDATE)— Police have identified the 19 year old driver of the 2002 Dodge Ram Pick-up as Richard Canales, 19, of Methuen. The Woman, Edith Hamilton, was walking home from her job at Sears to her Haverhill residence, the Emmaus Shelter at 127 Howe Street. Charges have not been filed at this time.

SALEM – Police are seeking information from witnesses of an early Sunday morning accident on Main Street involving a pedestrian and a 19-year-old male driver.

Just after midnight, police and medical responders were called to the scene on Main Street just west of the intersection of Hampstead Road. A pedestrian, only being identified by police as a 44-year-old female, was struck by a 2002 Dodge Ram Pick-up where she sustained life threatening injuries.

Salem Fire Department transported her to Lawrence General Hospital but she was then air lifted to Brigham and Women’s hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the Pick-up attempted to administer medical aid to the victim at the scene until medical personnel arrived. She was unconscious at the scene.

The Salem Police Department Technical Accident Reconstruction Team will be leading the investigation into the cause of the accident. “While this accident is in its preliminary stages, it does not appear as if speed, alcohol, or drugs were a factor in the cause,” said Lieutenant Joel Dolan in a press release.

Police are looking for information from anyone who may of scene the accident take place as they continue to determine the cause. Witnesses are encouraged to call Salem Police at (603) 893-1911 with any information about the accident.

Police say the identities will be released pending notification of next of kin.