Press Release 14-33
(CHELSEA) December 15, 2014- Chelsea Police arrested Joseph Piasecki, age 18 of Chelsea for operating under the influence of drugs and several criminal motor vehicle violations this evening after the vehicle he was operating struck a male riding a bicycle on the 160 block of Broadway.
The victim a 48 year old Chelsea resident was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and is listed in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Police say that five other vehicles were struck by Piasecki’s grey 2004 Chevrolet Malibu during the incident. Piasecki was also injured in the collision and taken to Whidden Hospital in Everett with non-life threatening injuries. A fifteen year old passenger who did not report being injured was also taken to the hospital as a precaution.
At approximately 7:40PM a Chelsea officer assigned to the traffic division observed a grey motor-vehicle pass him on Broadway in Bellingham Square, the officer observed the vehicle to have a headlight out and damage to the front of the vehicle. Based on a broadcast BOLO for a grey vehicle involved in an earlier reported hit and run the officer attempted to stop the Malibu. The officer reported that the vehicle traveled approximately three blocks at slow speed then accelerated after passing Second Street losing control of his vehicle. The preliminary investigation indicates after losing control the Malibu struck the first two parked vehicles then hit the bicyclist who was traveling on Broadway and finally came to rest after striking three more parked vehicles.
The investigation is ongoing and other charges may be filed.
Chelsea residents are reminded they can provide information anonymously to the Police Department by calling the 24 hr Crime Stoppers TIP line at 617-466-4880 Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from the Police Departments website at www.chelseapolice.com.