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February 20, 2014

Family seeks justice after Dec. crash proves fatal

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 injuriesearlier this month.

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 Lopez crossed the typically busy road, she was struck by an SUV and carried about 20 feet on its hood before the vehicle came to a rest and she fell to the ground, according to police.

Last Wednesday, Feb. 5, after more than a month of fighting to overcome a host of injuries and health complications, Lopez succumbed to her injures, which her family said had 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.

Now, Lopez’s family is looking to hold accountable the driver responsible for her death.

Christina Nickerson, 42, of Lancaster, was cited by Andover police for impeded operation following the accident. 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 the Police Department is now reviewing the case in conjunction with the district attorney’s office.

“The officers are going to meet with the district attorney’s office and look at the report and what occurred,” he said.

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