Cohasset woman pulled from burning wreckage after crash with stone wall


A 65-year-old woman from Cohasset was arrested Saturday night following a serious car accident on Hull Street.

The woman, an unnamed resident, was driving near her Jerusalem Road home around 4:20 p.m. on Saturday when she collided with a stone wall near the intersection known as West Corner.

The crash reportedly occurred at high speed and the woman’s car, a 2008 Mercedes Benz, caught fire shortly after the impact.

Officers arrived at the scene to find the woman, assisted by passers-by, outside the vehicle.

“The driver was pulled from the burning car by witnesses and neighbors,” Cohasset Police Chief Bill Quigley said.

An officer present attempted to extinguish the flames with a fire extinguisher, but to no avail. The Cohasset and Hingham Fire Departments arrived shortly after to extinguish the blaze.

Cohasset paramedics treated the woman on the spot before transporting her to the South Shore hospital.

She has since been transferred to Mass General Hospital with what Quigley called “serious life-threatening injuries”.

Lt. Michael Lopes noted that the car was considered completely lost and had left debris from the crash on Rockland Street, through West Corner, and up to 241 Hull Street, where the vehicle came to a stop.

The stone wall suffered minor damage.

Debris from the crash blanketed the area following the likely speeding and alcohol crash on Hull Street on Saturday May 1.

Police said alcohol was likely a factor in the crash, and the woman was arrested on four counts, including driving under the influence, careless driving of a motor vehicle, speeding and violation of marked lanes.

Due to the extent of her injuries, she could not be returned to Cohasset Police Headquarters for treatment, but was summoned to Quincy District Court.

Wheeler Cowperthwaite contributed to this report

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