By Mike LaBella
---- — HAVERHILL — Investigators said they have identified a female pedestrian who was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer truck on Interstate 495 yesterday, but would not release her name.
Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said the woman was 30 years old and that the circumstances surrounding her death were determined to be a non-criminal matter. As of last night, Kimball-Monahan would not release any other information about the woman or say what community she was from.
Kimball-Monahan said police were not releasing the name pending notification of next of kin.
The incident happened at 8:30 a.m. on I-495 south near Exit 48, Kimball-Monahan said. Exit 48 of I-495 is where a giant dog sculpture is located on private land. The exit leads to the entrance to the Covanta Energy plant and the Ward Hill Connector.
Yesterday, Kimball-Monahan said her office had not filed charges against the driver of the truck that killed the woman and did not plan to do so. She said an investigation into the fatality is being conducted by State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office, as well as a State Police accident reconstruction team and Haverhill Police. Authorities said after the incident that the victim had been taken to Lawrence General Hospital.
At 9:07 a.m. yesterday, State Police posted on Twitter that the left southbound lane was closed to traffic for a “serious injury crash.” It resulted a two-mile backup, according to a 9:31 a.m. posting on Twitter by MassDOT. At 9:38 a.m., State Police posted that the left lane was still closed, noting a pedestrian fatality. At 10:34 a.m., State Police posted that the left lane was open to traffic.
Drivers who contacted The Eagle-Tribune reported that the woman was scantily dressed in some type of pajamas.