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Driver arraigned after accident injures pedestrian

LYNN – A Lynn man, who allegedly drove his vehicle at a high rate of speed without headlights on, blew through a stop sign and seriously injured a pedestrian Monday night, appeared in court Tuesday.

Luis Agustin, 20, of 50 Clovelly St., #1, was charged with leaving the scene of personal injury, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, motor vehicle lights violation, unregistered motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle, failure to stop and or yield, crosswalk violation, number plate violation and failure to appear upon recognizance.

Agustin was arraigned at Lynn District Court by Judge Albert Conlon and was ordered held in lieu of $20,000 cash bail. A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 9.

Lynn police say a cruiser was in the area of Mall Street around 11:30 p.m., when officers noticed a small black sedan drive by in the opposite direction without headlights on. The officers made a quick U-turn in an attempt to follow the vehicle, operated by Agustin, who turned left onto Center Street toward Market, still at a high rate of speed and without lights on.

As the officers followed him, they said Agustin struck another vehicle on Market Square and hit a pedestrian who was crossing the street, before stopping. Agustin then jumped out of the vehicle and allegedly attempted to run away, but was caught by several officers.

After arresting Agustin, officers immediately tended to the 22-year-old victim who was said to have serious injuries. The victim was transported by Atlantic Ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police say Agustin is believed to have driven through a stop sign without stopping prior to entering Market Square, throwing the victim to the other side of the street. Agustin told police that he didn’t have a drivers license to operate a vehicle in Massachusetts. The one rear plate on the 1995 Honda Civic was said to not be registered with the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The plate was seized and the vehicle was towed.

Agustin was also found to have three warrants for his arrest.

Source:  http://www.thedailyitemoflynn.com/articles/2010/08/11/news/news18.txt