Police were sent School Street at 7:11 p.m. to investigate a report of a man wandering around in traffic.
Officers found a man in less than four minutes, at 7:15 p.m., but they man they found was down in the middle of School Street at Western Avenue, and he was critically injured.
Officers requested an ambulance. Seconds later they requested paramedics. Seconds after that they requested that the ambulance hurry.
Before long, dispatchers got two 911 calls reporting that a man had been struck by a minivan on School Street. Officers were already at the scene.
The 41-year-old Lowell man who was struck, pictured above, was rushed from the scene to Regatta Field, where he was met by a MedFlight helicopter that flew him to an undisclosed trauma center in Boston. He was in critical condition with a very bad head injury, according to police.
The driver of the minivan, a 44-year-old Lowell man pictured below, remained at the scene wrapped in a blanket provided by EMT’s. He appeared to be distraught as he explained what happened to police.
There wasn’t a lot of damage to the minivan, save for a large spiderweb on the windshield just below the wipers, which is often a good indication of a head injury.
The driver of the minivan was checked out at the scene by EMT’s, but he declined transport to a local hospital. He remained there to speak to investigators as police closed School Street between Pevey Street and Rock Street so that reconstruction could get started.
Lt. Timothy Crowley and Officer Francisco Maldonado were at the scene to do reconstruction.
Update: School Street was reopened about 10:20 p.m. Lt. Crowley tells me that speed does not appear to be a factor but that everything else remains under investigation. No charges have been filed. Police are not going to identify those involved until notifications have been made.