Worcester man cited in single-vehicle crash Monday night

Vehicle drove twice the speed limit at intersection of 20 & 169

📸 Charlton Police Department photos.

CHARLTON — A Worcester man has been cited on multiple violations after his Volkswagen sedan crashed into a guardrail and took out a traffic light and signage at the intersection of Routes 20 and 169 late Monday night.

According to the Charlton Police Department, Trevor Chaves was traveling north on Route 169 when he created a scary scene that could have ended up much worse. Police said Chaves was entering a 30-mile per hour zone leading into the intersection, but never slowed down and instead continued on at approximately 60 miles per hour. The sedan barrelled through the intersection against a red light and plowing into the guardrail and signage at the intersection. Police reported that officers found the sedan imbedded in the guardrail at the north end of the intersection, which had bowed out into the roadway. The crash not only destroyed the guardrail, police asserted, but it also severed a traffic light at its base and knocked over a sign advertising the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center.

Police said one other vehicle suffered minor damage when it was struck by a section of the guardrail.

Chaves was cited for speeding, marked lanes violation, failure to stop for a red light, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

According to court records, this is not the first time Chaves has found himself in trouble, having appeared in Worcester Superior Court early last year on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (frying pan) and assault and battery.


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