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November 20, 2012

Woman struck by car in Lawrence, taken to Boston hospital in serious condition

LAWRENCE — A woman hit by a car on Jackson Street this afternoon was unresponsive after the crash and flown to a Boston hospital for treatment.

Police said the woman, whom they did not identify this afternoon, was between 35 and 45 years old and was transported by ambulance to the helipad at Lawrence General Hospital and immediately loaded onto a helicopter, which took her to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

"She was by herself and was unresponsive," police Chief John Romero said. "She looked pretty serious."

The Pontiac was driven by an 18-year-old woman, who was uninjured, Romero said. Two passengers in the car with her also were uninjured. They consoled each other on Avon Street near the car. Two front airbags deployed during the crash.

Police said the car was traveling south on Jackson Street about 4:15 p.m. when it hit a fire call box on the corner of Jackson and Avon streets, and then hit the woman, who was crossing Avon Street. She was thrown back 15 to 20 feet. The car hit a pole on Jackson Street on the opposite side of Avon, knocked the pole over, and came to rest on top of the pole's base.

A State Police crash reconstruction team was en route to the scene at 5 p.m. More details will be available when the team finishes its report.

Romero said police have not yet decided whether any charges or citations would be sought.

Jackson Street was closed from Erving Avenue to Kendrick Street, and Avon Street was closed from Belmont Street to Albion Street. Police are rerouting traffic.

Check back at eagletribune.com for updates and see tomorrow's edition of The Eagle-Tribune for a full report.

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