Lawrence Mayor In SUV Crash – But Who’s to Blame?

LAWRENCE (CBS) – The mayor of Lawrence was in a minor car accident last week, but it’s still not clear who’s at fault.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

Mayor William Lantigua was on Haverhill Street, when he reportedly said he was struck by a black Ford Explorer at the intersection on Prospect Street.

But the driver of the other vehicle, Ashmaly Pena, has a different story.

Her boyfriend, Mario Cruz told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 she was hit on the right side of her vehicle, but she didn’t stop.

Instead, she called him.

“She was crying and she was already hysterical,” he said.

“She’s like I just got into an accident and the vehicle’s behind me. I’m telling her to pull over and call the cops. But looking at the vehicle behind her, there’s a man, a guy in the vehicle. She was scared. She had both kids in the car. She was on the way to drop them off in day care so she could go to work.”

The mayor has not responded to a request for an interview. But his Chevrolet Avalance was parked outside City Hall Wednesday with its front grill looking uneven. Its front left bumper appeared to be scratched with black paint.

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  • Cynic

    Lawrence doesn’t have the money to pay firemen but the Mayor sure has a nice ride.

  • jak

    Why does he need a licence plate that say’s MAYOR? Don’t that cost extra $$$?

  • teri

    mayor???? should say mayo!

  • Davey

    He said HE was struck by the other vehicle, but the truth is clear from looking at the two vehicles. She was going through an intersection with the right of way. He had a stop sign. She was almost past him when he entered the intersection and hit the rear bumper of her car. He is clearly at fault, but is playing this up for all the publicity he can get saying it’s her fault. He’s the lowest of low lifes to ever have served as mayor in the once great city of Lawerence.

  • Brooklyn

    Yup ! Typical CROOKED Poll.

  • anhonestobserver

    He needs to leave Lawrence and move to Windham where he belongs.

  • emom

    is this the same mayor thats always in the news for someing WRONG in his town,, yeah he needs to step down cause he is costing that town and this state tons of money ,, OH AND IF HE IS FOUND TO BE AT FAULT,,, WILL HE LOOSE HIS LICENSE FOR A YEAR AND HALF TO HOOF IT TO AND FROM PLACES.. OR WILL HE CALL IN SPECIAL FAVORS, JUST ASKING.

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