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Merrimack Valley

February 7, 2014

Victim's family wants justice

Lawrence woman dies after Dec. crash

ANDOVER — The family of a Lawrence woman hit by a car while crossing North Main Street in December is seeking justice after she died from her injuries this week.

Doris Lopez, 61, of Lawrence, had just gotten off a bus on North Main Street on Dec. 30 and was headed to visit one of her nieces in Washington Park when the accident occurred at 6:23 p.m.

As she crossed the typically busy road at 6:23 p.m., she was struck by an SUV and carried about 20 feet on its hood before the vehicle came to a rest and the victim fell to the ground, according to police.

On Wednesday, after more than a month of fighting to overcome a host of injuries and health complications, which her family said included kidney failure, internal bleeding, complete dependence on a tube in order to breathe and a sudden attack of a fungus on several of her internal organs, Lopez succumbed to her injuries.

Now, as Lopez’s family reaches out to the community to raise $15,000 to help cover her funeral costs, they are looking to hold accountable the driver responsible for her death.

Christina Nickerson, 42, of Lancaster, was cited by Andover police following the accident for impeded operation. Andover Police Commander Charles Heseltine said at the time that Nickerson had told officers she “had taken her eyes off the road to attend to something on her (vehicle’s) console.”

Heseltine also said at the time the fact it was dark and Lopez wasn’t in a crosswalk when crossing the busy road may have contributed to the crash. He said there was a crosswalk about 30 feet north of where the accident occurred.

In light of Lopez’s death, Heseltine said yesterday that the Police Department is now reviewing the case in conjunction with the district attorney’s office. The time line for that meeting had not been set as of yesterday.

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