Crash in hospital parking lot injures two pedestrians, one seriously


METHUEN, Mass. ( -- An out of control car struck two pedestrians in the front parking lot of Holy Family Hospital, sending them to other hospitals for treatment.

Just before 11:15 a.m. Monday, Methuen police responded to the hospital where a man lost control of his car while trying to park.

Martin Tokowicz, 74, of Methuen, reportedly was backing up in order to pull into a parking space when he lost control of his 2010 Dodge Avenger, backed up uncontrollably, and struck two pedestrians, 74-year-old James Sarcione, and Marilyn Sarcione, 77, of Methuen. The car stopped when it crashed into a parked 2009 Buick.

James Sarcione was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious, life-threatening head injuries. Marilyn Sarcione was taken to Lawrence General Hospital to be treated for minor injuries, police said.

The crash remains under investigation.