A 22-year-old Peabody man is one of two men recently indicted by a grand jury to face serious charges in a drug-related case in which two young women were dumped from a car on a Danvers side street in February.
The Salem News reported that John Coyne, 22, of 22 May St. in Peabody, had failed to appear in Salem Superior Court on Friday for his arraignment, leading a judge to issue a warrant for Coyne’s arrest. Coyne then turned himself in to police on Saturday.
He is being charged with aggravated assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to the report.
The incident occurred on the afternoon of Feb. 28.
The two 20-year-old females — neither one was from Danvers — were found lying unconscious in the road on Irving Street in Danvers – one on a snow bank. Police received several phone calls from passersby who came across the victims and both were taken to separate area hospitals soon after they were discovered.
The Salem News reports that prosecutors claim Coyne gave heroin to the two females and both victims had overdosed when he allegedly left them in the street.
The dangerous weapon charge is due to Coyne allegedly forcibly injecting one victim with heroin while the other charge is because prosecutors argue he is responsible for the second victim’s injuries after she was left in the road and then hit by a truck.
If found guilty on both counts, Coyne could face up to 15 years in state prison.
The case was finally presented to a grand jury last month, according to the Salem News.
The second man charged in the case is Roberto Vasquez, 24, of Lynn, who allegedly drove Coyne from the scene in Danvers. Vasquez pleaded not guilty to being an accessory after the fact during his arraignment on Friday and is free on personal recognizance, according to the Salem News.