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Merrimack Valley

November 21, 2012

City woman hit by car Tuesday in fair condition

LAWRENCE — A woman who was hit by a car Tuesday and flown to Boston was listed in fair condition yesterday evening.

Officials at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital could not give details about her injuries or status. Emergency medical personnel who responded to the scene of the crash at Jackson and Avon streets Tuesday described her injuries as “life threatening.”

Laticia Torres, 41, of Jackson Street, was crossing Avon Street Tuesday at 4:12 p.m. when a red Pontiac Grand Am driven by an 18-year-old woman from Merrimac swerved to avoid a school bus and hit her.

Police and rescuers said Torres was unresponsive at the scene. She was transported to Lawrence General Hospital, and transferred from the ambulance into a waiting helicopter.

The driver, her passengers and witnesses said the young woman swerved to avoid a school bus that had stopped in the intersection on Jackson Street. The driver also told police the brakes went out in the car and she could not stop.

Police Chief John Romero said it would take the State Police crash unit time to have the car evaluated, but State Police crash investigators said Tuesday the brake pedal did not offer resistance when pushed. The car crashed into a traffic signal pole and came to rest on the pole’s base. The driver and her passengers were not injured.

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