Brown, wife unhurt in two-car accident

SUV carrying pair swerved to avoid truck and hit pole

Bill Brett for The Boston Globe/File 2010
Senator Scott Brown and his wife, Gail Huff, were on the way to a charity event when the accident occurred in Dedham.

DEDHAM - US Senator Scott Brown and his wife, former WCVB-TV reporter Gail Huff, were unhurt Friday night after the sport utility vehicle in which they were passengers veered off the road to avoid a collision with a pizza delivery truck and struck a telephone pole, police said.

Brown and Huff were en route to a charity event and traveling on Sprague Street when a driver from Dedham House of Pizza pulled out from a side street, Sergeant Mike Feeley of the Dedham police said.

The two vehicles collided, but it was not clear who hit whom in the 8:28 p.m. accident, said Dennis Sulinski, a Dedham police dispatcher. Neighbors said the Jeep struck a telephone pole.


The 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee was driven by Chris Burgoyne, an aide in Brown’s Senate office, said Brown spokeswoman Marcie Kinzel. Brown and Huff were heading to a fund-raiser for Best Buddies, an organization that supports people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

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Feeley said police did not consider alcohol a factor. No one was cited. The air bags on the Jeep deployed, Feeley said.

Brown reiterated to a Globe reporter outside his Wrentham home late Friday night that he and his wife were passengers in the Jeep when a car came out of a side street. He, too, indicated that alcohol was not a factor.

“I was going to a Best Buddies event; Gail and I were passengers,’’ Brown said, at the same time his office in Washington was releasing a statement about the accident.

Brown and Huff, who earlier in the day had attended the Red Sox home opener, made it to the Best Buddies event after the collision, his office said.


At the corner of Sprague and Azalea Circle Friday night, tread marks, debris, and puddles of oil marred the ground near a slightly dented telephone pole.

Neighbor Ines Petruzziello said she heard the crash and emerged from her home to see the aftermath. “I went down the end of my driveway and saw an SUV into the pole,’’ she said.

Marcus Cherry, another neighbor, said he heard the crash, too. “I just heard a big bang. It shook the house,’’ he said. “I called the police.’’

Globe correspondents Zachary T. Sampson, Evan Allen, and Alexander C. Kaufman contributed to this report. Eric Moskowitz can be reached at