Two injured in three-car crash in Arlington

A mother and daughter were injured Sunday evening after being struck by a vehicle with five juveniles and an open container of alcohol, according to Arlington Police Captain Richard Flynn.

On Sunday, March 10, at 6:03 p.m., police responded to the accident on Crosby Street, Flynn said. A car driven by a teenage girl had struck a second car with a mother and daughter, which in turn struck a car parked in a driveway, causing major front-end damage to all three vehicles.

Firefighters extracted the daughter from the second car with the Jaws of Life, Flynn said. She was bleeding from the head and complaining of back and hip pain. Her mother, outside the car, reported back and neck pain. Both were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital.

An officer smelled alcohol on the three juveniles who exited the third car, unharmed, Flynn said. There was an open container of alcohol in the car. But all denied drinking and the female driver passed field sobriety tests.

Two young men were seen fleeing the scene after the crash and were tracked down by police, Flynn said, who asked them why they fled. They said they were afraid of getting in trouble and also denied drinking.

Police decided to charge all five youths with possessing alcohol as minors, Flynn said, and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, and additionally charge the driver with speeding and operating a vehicle to endanger.