Teen driver kills man and dog in Easton car crash
NORTH EASTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police are investigating a teen driver who they say hit and killed a man and his dog. The teen was on his way home from football practice at the time of the deadly crash.
Police say the 17-year-old driver hit a man walking his dog on the sidewalk, smashed into a tree and then into a utility pole. The driver killed both the 71-year-old pedestrian and his dog.
“I wanted to see if he was okay and he wasn't responding. I checked his pulse and there was no pulse,” said Rosemarie McGowan.
The crash left the dog in the middle of the road and sent the man's body onto McGowan’s front yard. The nurse ran to see if she could help.
“I wish I could have done more, but how severe his injuries looked, I knew there wasn’t very much I could do,” McGowan said.
The 17-year-old plays football at Oliver Ames High School. It appears the teen was on his way home from practice Monday morning when he crashed.
The teen's coach said he's a great kid and this is a tragedy for everyone involved. Neighbors along the street where the accident happened, also say it's a curvy road where they've seen a few accidents and the rain earlier in the day likely didn't help driving conditions.
“It’s pretty upsetting. There was an accident about a year ago in the same area,” said McGowan.