Bridgewater: Driver charged with texting while driving during weekend crash

Charges are being filed in connection with a serious weekend motor crash in Bridgewater.

24-year old Dennis McElhinney of West Bridgewater will face several charges including texting while driving, marked lanes violation, and negligent operation of a vehicle from a mobile phone use resulting in injury.

Police say McElhinney was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt northbound on Rt. 18, around 6 a.m, when his vehicle crossed the center line and crashed head-on with a truck driven by 52-year-old Mark Gerety of Brockton. Police say the crash took place in Bridgewater, on Bedford Street (Rt. 18/28) at the intersection of Administration Road.

McElhinney then hit another vehicle–a Cadillac driven by 44-year-old Margaret Saucier of Rockland.

McElhinney is in critical condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Gerety was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton with non-life threatening injuries.

Saucier was not injured in the crash.

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Christine James is the Managing News Editor, and anchor at WATD. She has been a fixture here since 1990. Along the way in her WATD newsroom journey, she has won numerous broadcast awards including the Associated Press and Edward R. Murrow National Award for "Best Newscast."