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No injuries in head-on collision in Hingham

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 29, 2011 01:23 PM

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A Quincy woman was arrested and charged with drunk driving Friday after her car hit another car in a head-on crash in Hingham, police said.

According to Hingham police, officers responded to multiple reports of the crash on Route 3A near the Hingham Rotary at 9:42 p.m. Friday.

After an investigation, police determined that the 2008 Ford Mustang had been traveling southbound on 3A, also known as Summer Street, and was approaching the rotary when it veered completely into the other lane. The Mustang struck a northbound vehicle, a 2005 Chrysler Town minivan.

Neither Gilbrook nor the victim, a 56-year old woman from Hull, sustained injuries as a result of the crash. Both women were wearing seat belts, police said.

The operator of the Mustang, 49-year old Kathleen M. Gilbrook, allegedly had glassy and red eyes when she was approached by police, and her speech appeared slurred.

Gilbrook allegedly told officers she had two white Russians, but had no recollection of the crash.

Gilbrook was cleared by Hingham Fire Department paramedics and performed several sobriety tests, all of which she failed. As a result, she was placed under arrest for OUI alcohol, second offense, operating to endanger, and a marked lanes violation.

According to Hingham police, the second offense stems from a previous arrest and conviction for an OUI in Weymouth in 2008.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

The crash happened concurrently with the Hingham Police Department’s mission to increase seat belt use in the community, and according to Sgt. Steven Dearth, it’s lucky these women both adhered to that advice.

“This crash illustrates that always using your seat belt is your best defense against drunk drivers who may be sharing the road with you,” Dearth said in a release.

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