UPDATED PRESS RELEASE: Fatal One Car Crash Into A Utility Pole On Milk St.


Mayor Stephen N Zanni and CHIEF JOSEPH SOLOMON report the following. 

Prepared by:  Captain Randy Haggar

DATE:       1/22/2017


On Sunday, January 22, 2017 at approximately 3:08 a.m. Methuen Police Officers responded to a single car crash on Milk Street in the area of number 125.  

Preliminary investigation reveals a female operator identified as Jacleyn Leclerc of Peabody was operating a 2001 Honda, traveling Northbound on Milk Street when for unknown reasons the vehicle left the travel lane and proceeded onto the right shoulder and sidewalk, subsequently colliding with a telephone pole.  The vehicle sustained catastrophic damage.     Ms. Leclerc was transported to the Lawrence General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The vehicle also contained 3 additional occupants. 

The front seat passenger approximately 29 years of age, was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital with critical life threatening injuries.    She is identified as Jessenia Ramos, Age 28 of Peabody.
The first rear seat passenger is identified as Jessenia Montanez, Age 29 of Methuen.     She was transported to Lawrence General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The second rear passenger is identified as Jennifer Montanez, age 23, of Waterbury, Connecticut.   She was transported to the Holy Family Hospital where she was declared deceased.

The facts and circumstances of the crash are under investigation by Methuen Police Officer Frank Lascola and Captain Randy Haggar with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services and Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section troopers.   Alcohol does appear to be a factor.

Due to the telephone pole being severed, Milk Street remains closed between Pleasant Valley Street and Magna Road.  It is expected to be detoured through the morning hours.    National Grid and Verizon crews are on scene replacing the pole and making repairs.   Electrical service to the area remains active, but may have sporadic outages as the pole is being replaced.