By Dave Rogers
---- — NEWBURYPORT — Police yesterday charged the juvenile operator of a scooter involved in Monday’s two-vehicle accident on the Route 1 rotary with negligent operation of a motor vehicle. His passenger remains in a Boston-area hospital with serious injuries.
The 16-year-old Newburyport student was also charged via summons for operating a motor vehicle with a learner’s permit with a passenger.
His passenger, Nick Eliot of Parker Street, Newbury, was run over moments after the Yamaha scooter collided with a pickup truck driven by a 67-year-old Ipswich man.
According to City Marshal Thomas Howard, the scooter and pickup truck were heading south on Route 1 around 1 p.m. when they entered the two-lane traffic circle. The scooter, traveling in the right lane, veered into the left lane and struck the pickup truck. The scooter was knocked to the pavement. As the two scooter occupants tried to leave the road, the pickup truck ran over Eliot’s midsection.
Eliot and the scooter driver, who were both wearing helmets, were transported to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. Eliot was then flown via helicopter to a Boston-area hospital. The pickup truck driver, who was not injured, stopped a little past the rotary, where he was interviewed by police.
Howard said he didn’t know Eliot’s condition, but comments left on Eliot’s Facebook page mentioned broken ribs and a punctured lung.
The speed limit for inside the rotary is 25 mph, but vehicles entering one of the three entrance points to the vital link to downtown Newburyport often go much faster. The Route 1 rotary, located near Newburyport District Court and numerous coffee shops, restaurants and businesses, is heavily patrolled by local police, who are often seen camped out in a business parking lot.