16-Year-Old Arrested In Fatal Methuen Hit-And-Run

METHUEN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A sixteen-year-old from Lawrence has been arrested in last week's fatal hit-and-run crash in Methuen.

The teen, whose name has not been released due to his age, is charged with manslaughter, operating recklessly causing the death of another, leaving the scene of a collision causing the death of another, speeding, unlicensed operation, and two counts of witness interference/intimidation.

He is accused of striking and killing 57-year-old Timothy Lafferty, who was crossing the street in front of his home on Jackson Street around 8:40 a.m. Monday, October 14.

Methuen Police said the teen took a white Acura Infiniti from the home of someone he knew on Brook Street, struck Lafferty, and then returned the car with front end damage. Police found the car, and arrested the teen Monday.

Police also allege the teen verbally threatened someone who witnessed the crash.

“This was a tragedy that was entirely avoidable,” Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said in a release. “I’m proud of the tireless effort our officers put in to investigate this incident and identify the person responsible so that they can be held accountable for their actions.”

The teen is due to be arraigned in Lawrence Juvenile Court Tuesday.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports

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