Police logs (9/24 – 9/29/15): Road rage leads to Assault & Battery charges; and bike vs. vehicle

A road rage incident on Woodland Road is alleged to have gotten way out of control on Tuesday afternoon.

Days earlier, an accident at Deerfoot and Main ended with the bicyclist transported to a hospital. [The cyclist was a 24 year old Southborough resident. I don’t know the full extent of the rider’s injuries, but the department was able to share that they weren’t life threatening.]

Also worth noting, another truck hit the CSX bridge on River Street. (How many times does that make?)

On a more positive note, last Friday, a police officer helped free a one year old from a locked car. Read about those incidents and more in the latest logs from the Southborough Police Department.

Thursday, September 24, 2015:

  • 0735 hrs – Officers investigated a two car, motor vehicle accident on Marlboro Road. No injuries were reported at the scene of the accident.
  • 0818 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a Cordaville Road business.
  • 0930 hrs – An officer investigated a report of suspicious activity at a Framingham Road residence.
  • 1026 hrs – An officer investigated a report of a suspicious motor vehicle parked on Wolfpen Lane.
  • 1225 hrs – An officer responded to a Clemmons Street residence to assist with a family matter.
  • 1814 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a Northboro Road business.

Friday, September 25, 2015:

  • 0050 hrs – An officer on patrol checked on a suspicious motor vehicle parked at a Turnpike Road business.
  • 0814 hrs – An officer responded to a Pleasant Street business to assist with a motor vehicle lockout in which a one year old was locked inside of a motor vehicle. The officer cleared from the scene after assisting in opening the motor vehicle and checking on the child. 
  • 0914 hrs – A dead raccoon was reported in the roadway on Cordaville Road. The Animal Control Officer was notified.
  • 1027 hrs – A motorist from Framingham, MA was issued a Criminal Application for Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License.
  • 1500 hrs – An officer investigated a traffic complaint on Main Street.
  • 1540 hrs – A motorist from Westborough, MA was issued a Criminal Application for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle; having No Inspection Sticker; and Speeding.
  • 1852 hrs – Officers assisted with a family matter at a Marlboro Road residence.
  • 2003 hrs – Officers investigated a one car, motor vehicle accident on Richards Road. No injuries were reported at the scene of the accident.
  • 2155 hrs – Officers assisted a disabled motorist on Turnpike Road.

Saturday, September 26, 2015:

  • 0020 hrs – Officers investigated a 911 abandoned call from a Turnpike Road business.
  • 0506 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a Turnpike Road business.
  • 1202 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a Pleasant Street business.
  • 1328 hrs – A motorist from Framingham, MA was issued a Criminal Application for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Speeding.
  • 1718 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a Woodbury Road residence.
  • 2110 hrs – A dog was found at the intersection of Boston Road and Kallander Road. The Animal Control Officer was notified.
  • 2121 hrs – Officers investigated a noise complaint on Richards Road.
  • 2320 hrs – Two yellow labs that were found on Marlboro Road were returned to their owner at the police station.

Sunday, September 27, 2015:

  • 0024 hrs – A motorist from Framingham, MA was issued a Criminal Application for Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Revoked Registration, and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.
  • 0951 hrs – Officers responded to Turnpike Road to investigate a report of an erratic operator in the area. The responding officers reported back negative findings.
  • 1001 hrs – An officer investigated a parking complaint on Latisquama Road.
  • 1607 hrs – An officer assisted a disabled motorist on Johnson Road.
  • 1637 hrs – An officer assisted a disabled motorist on Turnpike Road.
  • 1706 hrs – Officers investigated an abandoned 911 call from a Fisher Road residence.
  • 1723 hrs – Officers investigated a motor vehicle vs. bicycle accident at the corner of Main Street and Deerfoot Road. The bicyclist was transported to the hospital from the scene of the accident.

Monday, September 28, 2015:

  • 0058 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at the Margaret Neary Elementary School on Parkerville Road.
  • 0648 hrs – Officers returned to the Margaret Neary Elementary School for a second burglar alarm.
  • 0820 hrs – Officers investigated a traffic complaint on Main Street.
  • 1041 hrs – A medical was reported on Turnpike Road.
  • 1225 hrs – Officers investigated a two car, motor vehicle accident on Turnpike Road. No injuries were reported at the scene of the accident.
  • 1507 hrs – Officers investigated a report of suspicious activity at a Cordaville Road residence.
  • 1719 hrs – A motorist from Bellingham, MA was issued a Criminal Application for Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License and Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle.
  • 1736 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at the Town Hall on Common Street.
  • 2047 hrs – Officers responded to Cordaville Road to investigate a report (from Hopkinton Police) of an erratic operator in the area. The responding officers reported back negative findings.
  • 2151 hrs – Officers assisted a disabled motorist on Turnpike Road.
  • 2321 hrs – Officers investigated a report of a suspicious male parked in front of a Turnpike Road business. The male party was located and checked out ok.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015:

  • 0322 hrs – Southborough officers assisted Marlborough Police with attempting to locate a missing female from their town.
  • 0646 hrs – A medical was reported at a Clemmons Street residence.
  • 0931 hrs – Officers investigated an abandoned 911 call from a Pleasant Street business.
  • 1452 hrs – Officers responded to Turnpike Road to assist with traffic around a water main break in the area.
  • 1650 hrs – Officers responded to Southville Road to investigate a report of a possible road rage incident that had occurred on Woodland Road. After concluding an Investigation of the incident a Southborough man will be charged with Assault & Battery as a result of the Investigation. The reporting party alleged that the accused man approached him at a stop sign and punched him in the face, after he had passed the accused’s vehicle moments earlier on Woodland Road.
  • 1923 hrs – Officers investigated a motor vehicle accident (a tractor trailer unit struck the bridge) on River Street. The officer reported minor damage to the bridge and TT Unit, and dispatch informed CSX of the accident.
  • 2018 hrs – Officers assisted a disabled motorist on Turnpike Road.

To view past Police Logs, click here.

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southsider
6 years ago

Interesting account of the Road Rage incident. A Southborough resident punched a guy who had passed him on Woodland Road.
The police arrested the Southborough guy…
No mention of the reckless driving ticket issued to the person who passed another car on Woodland. I’m very certain that there are no sections of that road where passing is allowed.
Woodland Road is such a commuter cut thru … now they’re passing each other on it! Someone will get seriously hurt one of these days.

Chas
6 years ago
Reply to  southsider

Amen brother! I was also looking for the citation entry since the motorist appears to admit this info.

mike
6 years ago

I dont know if everyone else sees this but the bicyclists are very very aggressive and very dangerous on the roads. I see them not moving over, out in the middle of the road, and generally putting themselves at risk. It seems to me they really go too far with ‘the right of way’ which they do and I obey but I really think these faux Tour de Force folks on bikes need to think, these are small New England roads, not the Tour de Force and they need to be careful as well. It is not worth the injuries or worse yet permanent damage.

RB
6 years ago

I take offense to Mike’s comment that “the bicyclists are very very aggressive and very dangerous on the roads.”

The statement, as written, would lead me to believe that he things ALL bicyclists act in this manner. Not true Mr. Mike!

Unfortunately Mike, the laws apply to all roads in the Commonwealth. If you don’t think they are appropriate, speak with the legislative delegation to propose a change.

I ride bikes, and have done so for decades. I, for one and like many other fellow riders that I know, follow all of the rules and ride as close to the right as humanly possible. However, there are times when that is not possible. For example: (1) when I encounter broken glass from inconsiderate people that throw bottles (often empty beer bottles) from vehicles, (2) excessive sand on the side of the roads, (3) sunken catch basins (Cordaville Road for example) that would cause me to flip over when I ride over them.

The biggest challenge that I face is the inconsiderate (and often times law-breaking) motorists that turn and cut me off, are on the cell phones or texting, or in general are distracted causing me to take dangerous avoidance maneuvers, and fail to yield to me when I am as far over to the right as I can without going off of the road and wiping out. I have hit a few cars turning in front of me, and have to take several evasive maneuvers a year to not be hit when I have been complying with the law and the motorist hasn’t.

Mike (and the rest of the naysayers), I challenge you to get out on a bike some day and see the challenges that you would face and see the world from another form of transportation. You might find you like that form of transportation and recreation that bicycling provides, provided however you don’t get cut off or hit.

Mike Fuce
6 years ago

Honestly guys there is no need to be defensive it’s an observation that I’ve made over and over again with people on bicycles on the road they seem to have a chip on their shoulder ( not all ) most of the time. I have a bike , I ride it , it’s a mountain bike and really do I go on the roads because of safety.

Gregg South
6 years ago

I agree with Mikes comment. I personally find bicyclists on the road quite annoying. If you want to go exercise on a bike that’s great, good for you. But to ride your bike on busy roadways and whizzing by inches away from cars or heavy trucks is pretty arrogant and just asking for a problem. And roadways do contain such things as broken glass from litter, accident debris, and sand. If your riding a bike on the road- that’s your choice to encounter such things. No different than swimming in the ocean and not knowing what’s in the water with you. I have seen several absent minded bicyclists cut cars off turning into side streets,not yielding to emergency vehicles and blow through intersections without any care for traffic or pedestrians. This will always be a back and forth issue and its not going away anytime soon. I would not except the challenge of getting on a bike and riding on the road like said above because I value my life and have common sense. Plus, I’m not in to wearing tights, shaving my legs or whatever else it is that bicyclists do in their spare time.

Kate
6 years ago
Reply to  Gregg South

Gregg; your last two sentences are quite telling – I detect distinct contempt for cyclists, which is a shame. I would imagine that just as there are irresponsible drivers on the road (we’ve all encountered “absent minded” drivers, for example), there are also irresponsible cyclists. I wouldn’t paint a whole group with a broad brush.

RB
6 years ago
Reply to  Kate

I agree with Kate – that is too funny. I “accept” the challenge, and have done so for decades, have plenty of common sense and have never shaved my legs or worn spandex (that would definitely be a site you would not want to see, and probably cause accidents). And I will guarantee the percentage of drivers that fail to yield to emergency vehicles far outweighs the number of bicyclists!

The plain and simple facts are:
1. The laws allow for both bicycles and vehicles to share the roads.
2. There are arrogant drivers and cyclists.
3. Drivers and cyclists break the laws.
4. Accidents will always happen.

Everyone needs to focus on the road (and not the distractions) and follow the laws. Period.

Donna McDaniel
6 years ago

When I was working in Boston and Cambridge, more than a few men and women in our office rode bikes to work everyday and, in fact, did not want to own a car. Obviously saving money, not having to sit in traffic fretting, AND not adding any more exhaust to the environment (a benefit for us all not mentioned, I think, by anyone so far) — and one of the best benefits: they were in great shape. Some of the more enlightened businesses had showers for employees.
Yes, they took the T when it snowed, etc. and they wore and used every attention-getting device… blinking lights on bikes and helmets, etc. etc. One big difference: the cities do more and more to have and carefully mark bike lanes … not 100% honored by either drivers and bikers.
It’s just too bad to see how much animosity can be created by riders and drivers… can’t we to put ourselves in other’s shoes or sneakers more often (or some more elegant saying). Enough strife already!

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