CHELSEA (CBS) — The 19-year-old charged in the OUI crash in Chelsea pleaded not guilty in Chelsea District Court Wednesday afternoon.
Hector Jimenez was one of three people hospitalized as a result of the crash. He is the only one charged with drunk driving.
Chelsea Police said a white Toyota rear-ended a gray Honda on Everett Avenue at Maple Street in Chelsea around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday.
They said two people are in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, both with head injuries.
Jiminez, was treated at Whidden Hospital in Everett.
Police said Jiminez initially fled from the crash scene on foot, but was caught by officers near a car wash on 2nd Street.
One of those injured was Jiminez’s passenger. The other is the driver of the other car, a man from New York City who has non-life-threatening injuries.
The Chelsea Fire Department had to use the Jaws of Life to remove one of the victims from one of the vehicles.
Jiminez was held on $7,500 cash bail.
He is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing on August 22.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports