Man charged with attempted murder after carrying woman into path of dump truck in Gloucester

Gloucester police charged a man with attempted murder Friday after he allegedly picked up a woman he was having a dispute with and carried her into the path of a dump truck traveling on a street, officials said.

Michael Baker, 41, of Beverly was arrested at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he was flown by medical helicopter after being struck and seriously injured by the truck Friday morning, according to police.

His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening. His condition was not known Friday evening.


Baker was also charged with assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Gloucester police said in a statement.

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“A preliminary investigation indicates that during a dispute, Baker allegedly abruptly picked up the woman and entered the roadway in the path of the truck where they were both struck,” the statement said. “The driver remained at the scene and was cooperative with police.”

Baker is expected to be arraigned Monday in Gloucester District Court.

The woman, who was not identified, was also struck and injured by the light-duty dump truck. She was taken by ambulance to a North Shore hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

A spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Children and Families said they received a report of the incident and is investigating.


The incident occurred around 11 a.m. outside 951 Washington St., police said. State Police also responded to the scene, the agency said in a separate statement.

State Police detectives, crime investigators and its collision analysis and reconstruction team assisted Gloucester police at the scene.

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