, Newburyport, MA

May 21, 2013

DA's office identifies driver questioned in Salem man's death

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — A Haverhill man has been identified as the driver under investigation in the death of a Salem man who was reportedly struck or run over by a car in the Pond View Village housing complex in Gloucester early Saturday morning.

James Hayes, 43, of 125 Ferry St., Haverhill, has not been taken into custody but has been “cooperating” with police, according to Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

Gloucester police, state police and detectives assigned to the DA’s office are investigating the incident that led to the death of Michael J. Linscott, 29, on Lepage Lane in West Gloucester.

Gloucester police Chief Leonard Campanello has refused to comment on the case, referring all calls regarding the incident to the DA’s office. Police have also not released the report on the incident.

Monahan said the driver was questioned immediately after the incident, but no charges have been filed.

According to Monahan, a 911 call at 1:41 a.m. Saturday reported that “a man had been struck by a car at 39 Lepage Lane.” The victim, later identified as Linscott, was taken to Addison Gilbert Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, she said.

Linscott was listed by police and the DA’s office as being from Danvers, but his mother said Sunday that he had lived with her in Salem.

According to a police log item, three people stood around Linscott, who was lying motionless on his back on the pavement, when police arrived on scene early Saturday morning. A woman screamed for police to save Linscott, according to the log, saying he had been hit by a vehicle. Though Linscott initially had a pulse, he was not breathing, the log item said. An officer and fire department paramedics performed rescue techniques on Linscott, while another questioned Hayes and three others at the scene.

The incident took place on a portion of Lepage Lane that serves as a driving aisle between parking spaces on the lower level of the Pond View Village complex. Posted signs ask drivers to limit speed to 10 mph.

Yesterday morning, there were no signs of a crime scene at the apartment complex.