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PORTSMOUTH — A local teenager is subject to a lawsuit for driving over the center line in Sagamore Avenue and crashing head-on into another car, causing “serious” injuries to a mother and her son, says a local lawyer.
The driver, Jack Mackey, 17, of 24 Alehson St., Rye, was found guilty Wednesday of a yellow-line violation in the Portsmouth Circuit Court. He pleaded no contest to driving over the double-yellow line on Jan. 19 and was represented by attorney Andrew Cotrupi, according to court records.
Mackey crashed head-on into a car driven by Carmen Duran-Scammon and according to an affidavit by Portsmouth police officer Robert Lukacz, “both vehicles were completely destroyed.” Mackey suffered minor injuries and Duran-Scammon and her minor son suffered “serious injuries,” Lukacz reported.
A State Police accident reconstruction team studied the crash site and later determined the crash was caused by Mackey's lane violation, according to court records. Mackey was originally charged with a misdemeanor count of vehicular assault, but that charge was dismissed Wednesday as part of a negotiated plea agreement.
Instead, he pleaded no contest to the yellow-line violation and was fined $1,000, with $750 suspended if he remains of good behavior for a year. Judge Sawako Gardner also ordered that Mackey's driver's license be revoked and she noted in a court order that he cannot apply to have it reinstated until January of 2014 at the earliest.
Portsmouth attorney Justin Nadeau said he's representing Duran-Scammon with regard to the personal injuries. He said her family has incurred $250,000 in medical costs which continue to accrue while she and her son receive physical therapy treatment.
Nadeau said mother and son spent weeks being treated at different hospitals after the crash and after that, were sent to different rehabilitation facilities. When they returned home, said Nadeau, friends and neighbors built them a handicap ramp at their home.
“This has been a tragedy that thankfully could have been worse, however, the unfortunate thing is that this accident was and should have been entirely avoidable,” Nadeau said. “They will get through this, but it will take time.”