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May 20, 2013

Haverhill man ID’d as driver in Pond View death case

A Haverhill man has been identified as the driver who is 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 early Saturday morning.

James Hayes, 43, of 125 Ferry St., in Haverhill, has not been taken into custody and Carrie Kimball Monahan, speaking on behalf of the office of Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said the driver is still “cooperating” with investigators.

Monahan said that Hayes was questioned by police following the incident, and sources have told the Times that he also agreed to go to the Gloucester police station and was interviewed there as well in the hours after the incident. But no charges have been filed, Monahan said this morning, and the incident remains under investigation as of this morning, Monahan said.

Gloucester Police, Massachusetts State Police, and detectives assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s office are all investigating the incident that led to the death of Michael J. Linscott, now identified as a 29-year-old Salem man on LePage Lane in West Gloucester’s Pond View Village housing complex.

City Police Chief Leonard Campanello has refused to comment on the case, and has referred all calls regarding the incident to the DA’s office.

But while Monahan said investigators were still looking to “sort out” aspects of the case, the release from the DA’s office referred to the call only as “an incident” in which Linscott died; it does not refer to it as a car-pedestrian or any other type of “accident.”

Monahan 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, later identified as 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.

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