NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Police in Marion, Mass., are investigating what caused a 32-year-old Marco Island woman to crash into two police cars Saturday morning as she drove through a coastal area north of New Bedford.
Karen Kittredge was driving her 2008 Mercedes on Route 6 in Massachusetts shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday when she crashed into a Marion police cruiser that had its emergency lights flashing, according to a statement released by the Marion Police Department. There were no police officers in the car, which was on the side of the road, where officers were in the process of talking to a driver who had been pulled over.
The police cruiser was struck and pushed into the center of the road and sustained significant damage, according to police, who reported that Kittredge then hit a second police car, which also had its emergency lights flashing, and was parked on the side of the road while its driver assisted the other officer. The report said the police vehicle was pushed into the fast lane and sustained moderate damage.
Kittredge's Mercedes was heavily damaged.
The vehicle that had already been pulled over was not struck and no one other than Kittredge, whose injuries were not life threatening, was hurt in the crashes, police reported. Kittredge was taken to Tobey Hospital and has since been released.
Police officers Jeffrey Tripp and Anthony DiCarlo were not hurt as both were out of their cars at the time. Route 6 was closed in both directions for about one hour.
Sgt. Marshall Sadeck, who is leading the investigation, said neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to be a factor. The crashes are still under investigation and details of the potential cause of the accident could not yet be released as of Monday afternoon.
Kittredge was charged Monday with negligent operation of a motor vehicle. She has no driving record in Collier or Lee Counties.