Alexander Wightman, the 20-year-old Boxford man arrested following the Sept. 21 accident that injured four people, was arraigned in Haverhill District Court and faces multiple charges, including three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Alexander Wightman, the 20-year-old Boxford man facing multiple charges following the Sept. 21 motor vehicle accident that sent four people to local hospitals, was arraigned on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in Haverhill District Court.
Wightman, who allegedly rear-ended a vehicle on Topsfield Road in Boxford while traveling at a high rate of speed, is charged with the following:
One count of operating under the influence of liquor
Three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (motor vehicle)
Three counts serious injury and reckless or negligent operation
A marked lanes violation
A seatbelt violation
Leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with property damage
Boxford Police Chief James Riter said the accident took place just before midnight on Saturday, Sept. 21, on Topsfield Road in Boxford near I-95. The chief said the vehicle allegedly driven by Wightman rear-ended a vehicle near 101 Topsfield Road, kept going, and eventually hit a tree near the entrance to Pinehurst Drive. He said it is estimated the car was traveling at 100 miles per hour prior to impact.
A family of four, the chief said, was in the vehicle that was hit. That vehicle spun around, and had extensive damage, but none of the occupants were transported to the hospital.
There were three other people in Wightman's car, which was a 2017 Volvo, the chief said, and all are between the ages of 18 and 20. Wightman and the three passengers were transported to local hospitals.
Both vehicles were towed, Riter said, and are being held while the investigation is taking place. The accident, he said, is being investigated by Boxford Police and the Mass. State Police.