A mother and her two young sons are expected to recover after an unlicensed driver crashed into their car Thursday afternoon in Chelmsford.
Chelmsford Police Deputy Chief Dan Ahern said that 19-year-old Alexandre Freitas was driving a 2001 Ford Focus southbound on Northern Avenue (also known as Route 4 or North Road) Thursday afternoon when he crossed over a double yellow line and collided head-on with a 2012 Ford Focus traveling northbound.
The collision sent the vehicles into the nearby woods and left victims trapped in both cars. A third vehicle sustained minor damage as a result of the crash. A Chelmsford police officer witnessed the collision and called it in at about 2:15 p.m.
Ahern said the passengers in the victim’s vehicle, a Tyngsborough mother and her sons, six and eight years old, were transported to area hospitals. The 8-year-old was later flown via MedFlight to a Boston hospital with suspected internal injuries; however, Ahern said, those injuries turned out to not be as severe as first thought.
Ahern did not have a specific injury update, but said “we are confident the injuries are not life-threatening.”
Freitas had two passengers in his vehicle, as well, Ahern said. Everyone in that vehicle was also injured. Freitas remained hospitalized as of noon Friday.
Ahern said the crash remains under investigation but Freitas will, at a minimum, be charged with operating to endanger, traveling at an unreasonable speed, a marked lanes violation and operating without a license. Additional charges could result from the investigation.
According to a press release, police have seized Freitas’ cell phone and will be checking into whether he was texting or on the phone at the time of the crash.
Ahern said the vehicle Freitas was driving is registered in Chelmsford to Freitas’ mother. It is unclear, however, whether Freitas has a Chelmsford address.
“This person acted in such an egregious way and put the public in danger,” Ahern said. “We’re very fortunate that no one suffered more serious injuries or died as a result of his actions.”
Thursday’s crash closed a portion of Northern Avenue near Technology Drive for several hours while crews worked at the scene. Ahern said the accident reconstruction investigators were on-site well into the night.
In addition to the Chelmsford Police Department, the state police and Middlesex County district attorney’s office are investigating the crash.