A 51-year-old Taunton man died in a one-car crash on Hart Street in Taunton on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
Scott Citron, 51, was driving a silver 2003 Honda Civic when it jumped the sidewalk, breaking in half as it smashed into utility pole in front of 90 Hart St. at 3:31 p.m., Taunton police said. Shortly later, Citron was pronounced dead, Taunton police said in a statement.
Citron’s passenger, 24-year-old Robert Scibilio of Taunton, was seriously injured and was taken by Medflight to Massachusetts General Hospital. Scibilio was the only other occupant in the car.
Emergency responders were seen performing CPR on the driver of the car, according to several eyewitnesses.
“He was coming down the hill fast and kind of skimmed the sidewalk, kept coming down up on the sidewalk, and then he was airborne,” said James Replenski, who was fiddling with the grill on his porch when he heard the thunderous collision. “It hit the curb, and it flew the car out sideways. It hit the pole and boom. Let’s just say he was traveling a pretty good speed. He was going pretty fast.”
Witnesses pointed out marks left high up on the pole, which somehow didn’t break in the crash, to show that the car was several feet off the ground during the collision.
Replenski and his wife, Corine, watched the crash and the aftermath in horror, until medics arrived on the scene. Pieces of the mangled, fragmented Civic flew all over their property, including the front bumper, which landed a foot away from the minivan in their driveway. The broken windshield of the car landed in the Replinskis’ flowerbed.
“I think the driver passed away,” Corine Replinski said with tears in her eyes. “They were doing CPR on the driver in the street. … It’s very sad.”
Corine Replinski said it seemed like “slow-mo” when the crash was happening, and pieces of the vehicle started flying everywhere. “We were just getting supper started,” James Replinski said.
A large portion of Hart Street was closed from the time of the crash, until shortly after 6 p.m.
The Medflight helicopter for Scibilio landed on the Poole Street side of Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical High School.
Heidi Christopher, 21, of Taunton, was driving to her home off of Hart Street when she saw the aftermath of the crash. Christopher said she spoke with another eyewitness, who reported what she saw to police.
“She said that the car was coming down the hill and bounced off two utility poles as it was coming down the street,” Christopher said, describing the eyewitness account. “It flew eight feet up off the ground and hit the pole. It whipped around, hit this pole and severed.”
Curtis Phillips, a lifelong resident of Taunton, who was riding by on his bicycle, said, “It’s the worst crash we’ve ever had on this road.”
The Replinksis said that speeding is a constant problem on Hart Street. James Replinski said he always has to pick up side mirrors he finds on his front lawn, snapped off when drivers swerve down the hill at the location and graze the utility poles.
“People drive way too fast here,” said James Replinski, who also mentioned that texting while driving has become a big problem. “People aren’t paying attention when they are driving.”