News from around Massachusetts

Monday September 10, 2012

Boston: Wrong-way motorist killed near I-93 tunnel

State police say one person has died and another is injured after a crash on Interstate 93 northbound in Boston near the entrance to the Tip O'Neill Tunnel.

Troopers say 58-year-old Idefonso Barros was killed in the Sunday morning crash. They say Barros was driving a pickup truck the wrong way on the highway after entering at Frontage Road and crashed into an SUV.

Authorities say Barros was ejected and later pronounced dead at Tufts Medical Center. The SUV driver is hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The driver a third car involved in the accident wasn't hurt.

The accident happened shortly after 5:30 a.m. Police closed the entire northbound side of the highway for less than an hour. All lanes were reopened shortly before 8:30 a.m.

Swampscott: Coast Guard suspends search for lost kayaker

Coast Guard officials have suspended the search for a 23-year-old man who went missing during a kayak fishing trip near Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott.

Officials say Mayran Lisovich was last seen departing in a kayak from the beach about 4 p.m. Saturday. His girlfriend called the Coast Guard about three hours later to report that he had not returned.

The Coast Guard searched the waters by boat and helicopter for some 24 hours and suspended the search Sunday evening.

Officials say Lisovich was last seen in a blue kayak. He was wearing red swim trunks and had no lifejacket on.

Lisovich's hometown wasn't released.

Coast Guard officials expressed their sympathy for his family and friends.

Peabody: Boy, 12, stops car after father's seizure

State police are calling a 12-year-old boy a hero after he steered his family's car to safety along Interstate 95 in Peabody after his father suffered what appeared to be a seizure while driving.

Troopers say the boy, who's from Dracut, took the wheel, steered it into the southbound breakdown lane and applied the brakes shortly after 11:30 a.m. Saturday. He also used his dad's cell phone to call 911 and described his surroundings to a dispatcher, then brought his 9-year-old, special needs sister to safety behind a guardrail.

Authorities haven't released the boy's name. They say his 46-year-old father was unconscious at the scene and brought to a clinic in Peabody, but is in good condition.

Boston: License plate lottery set for this morning

Massachusetts drivers hoping for low number license plates will soon find out if they've won a state lottery designed to distribute the plates.

Officials from the Massa chusetts Department of Trans portation and Registry of Motor Vehicles will draw the winners of the annual lottery Monday. The drawing will be held live on WBZ radio between 8 and 10 p.m.

More than 7,500 applicants entered this year's drawing for a chance to win one of 124 of the most sought after Massa chusetts license plates, including plate numbers 73, 295, 449, 493, 7755 and 1Z.

A list of lottery winners will be available on the Registry's website Tuesday afternoon and winners will receive official notification by mail.

The lottery is in response to criticism that low-number plates only went to the politically connected.

-- The Associated Press


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