Gloucester Police, Massachusetts State Police, and detectives assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s office are investigating the early Saturday morning death of a 29-year-old Salem man who was reportedly either struck or run over by a car early on LePage Lane in West Gloucester’s Pond View Village housing complex.
City Police Chief Leonard Campanello said over the weekend he could not comment on the incident as an ongoing investigation, and he referred all calls regarding the case to the Essex County District Attorney’s office of Jonathan Blodgett.
Carrie Kimball Monahan, speaking for the DA’s office, said the 911 call reporting the incident came at 1:41 a.m. Saturday indicating that “a man had been struck by a car at 39 LePage Lane.”
The victim, identified as Michael J. Linscott, was taken to Addison Gilbert Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, Monahan said. Linscott was listed by police and the DA’s office as being frolm Danvers, but his mother said Sunday that he had lived with her in Salem.
Authorities had not, as of Sunday, released the name of the driver.
“The driver of the motor vehicle is cooperating with the investigation and no arrests have been made,” Kimball Monahan wrote in a Saturday email to the Times, adding that authorities were still “sorting out” the details of the incident. The male driver is also reportedly not from Gloucester, through that could not be confirmed as of late Sunday.
Meanwhile, police were reportedly continuing Sunday to interview a number of witnesses regarding the incident, though there was nothing at the incident location indicating a crime scene or any other signs of investigation.
While Monahan said investigators were still looking to “sort out” aspects of the case, however, the release from the DA’s office referred to the call only as “an incident” in which Linscott died; it not refer to it as a car-pedestrian or any other type of “accident.”
The site of the fatality came on a portion of LePage Lane that essentially serves as an driving aisle between parking spaces on the lower level of the Pond View Village complex, just past the management offices.
Sitting side by side, Pond View Village and The Heights at Cape And are both large-scale apartment complexes with some condominiums located off lower Essex Avenue, or Route 133.