For Immediate Release - June 23, 2013

Jun 23: State Police Investigate Report of Woman Thrown From Moving Vehicle on Route 495 Northbound in Merrimac

Today at 3:38 p.m. Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Newbury responded to numerous reports of a woman being thrown from a moving vehicle on to the highway on Route 495 northbound, south of Broad Street in Merrimac.  Merrimac Fire Department and Ambulance were also immediately dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival of emergency responders discovered a female victim suffering from serious injuries.

The female victim was transported to Anna Jaques Hospital by ambulance and then taken by medical helicopter to a hospital in Boston.  

One of the persons who reported this incident was an off duty police officer.  The off duty officer reported to the State Police the make and model of the vehicle from which the woman was thrown. Additionally, this off duty officer reported the location of the suspect vehicle allowing troopers to stop the vehicle on 495 southbound, south of the rest area in Merrimac

As a result of the traffic stop of the suspect vehicle two males were taken in to custody and transported the the State Police Barracks in Newbury.

The suspects are identified as the following:

1. HENRY MATOS, 45 of Lawrence.   He is currently charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol

2. MOISES MATOS 43 of Lawrence.  He is currently in Protective Custody.

The identification of the female victim is not being released at this time.

The facts and circumstance surrounding how the female victim sustained her injuries is being actively investigated by troopers from the Sate Police Barracks in Newbury along with Troopers assigned to the Essex County District Attorney's Office.

Please do not call the barracks directly.