A man crashed through a guardrail on the White Fuel Bridge into the Waters River in Danvers after he was distracted by text messaging while driving last night, officials said.
Though a Salem District Court official said a date has not been scheduled, police said Gerald Maher, 22, of Danvers, will be summonsed to court for negligent operation of a motor vehicle and texting while driving.
Maher landed in the river around 11:45 p.m. after he was texting while driving on Route 35 and hit a snowbank, causing him to swerve into the next lane of traffic and crashed completely through the bridge guardrail, said Danvers Police Captain Patrick Ambrose.
“The guardrail was just completely torn off,” he said.
Maher managed to escape the car and make his way to the shoreline, and was transported to Beverly Hospital, treated, and released, police said.
His 1999 Nissan Altima has not yet escaped the water though, said Ambrose. The Beverly dive team searched the area but has not found the vehicle yet. The team is slated to return to the river tomorrow morning to continue the search.
No one else was in the vehicle at the time, police said, and no one else was affected by the crash.
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