Man charged with attempted murder after car hits Holbrook pedestrian

Holbrook — Two days after his blue 2004 Honda Civic veered onto a sidewalk and struck Alex Casna, 22, of Holbrook, Michael J. Herrmann, 24, of Braintree was charged with assault with intent to murder, assault by means of a dangerous weapon (a motor vehicle), driving so as to endanger, and failure to stay within marked lanes.

Casna, who suffered multiple fractures and lacerations, was reported to be in stable condition at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston before the Sun went to press early because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

On the morning of Nov. 23, after a warrant was requested and issued from Quincy District Court, Holbrook Officers Daniel Ford and Thomas Gainey went to Herrmann’s address and arrested him.

Herrmann was brought to the Holbrook police station, where he was booked, and then taken for arraignment.

It was unknown if bail was set for Herrmann, Police Chief William Marble, Jr. told the Sun.

“Our investigation uncovered witnesses who observed the vehicle travel right at Mr. Casna as he stood on the sidewalk and that there had been a past negative relationship involving Mr. Casna and Mr. Herrmann,” Marble said. “This information was in contradiction of statements made by Mr. Herrmann.”

The crash occurred at about 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 21.

“He (Casna) was just minding his own business, walking down the sidewalk,” Fire Lt. Donald Austin said that day “The operator of the car apparently got distracted and went up on the sidewalk (and struck him). He (Casna) got hit, he apparently bounced off the windshield of the car, and he was thrown up about 20 feet into the yard.”

The accident occurred near 189 North Franklin St. (Route 37), and State Police responded to the scene to reconstruct what happened.

Firefighters did not initially release Casna’s name, citing federal medical privacy laws.

“We called for availability of MedFlight, realizing that he needed to go to a trauma center,” Austin said.

When emergency crews arrived, Casna was “in and out of consciousness,” according to Austin.

Casna was flown by helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he underwent surgery.

The MedFlight helicopter left from Sumner Field on South Franklin Street.