Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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February 20, 2014

Family seeks justice after Dec. crash proves fatal

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Heseltine declined to speculate on what could come out of the meeting. However, when asked if the situation facing Nickerson may change, he said, “it could.”

Lopez’s family, particularly her 20-year-old granddaughter, Lucinda Lopez, is hoping for more. They also question some of the details that have been assembled surrounding Lopez’s death.

“I was really offended when (the other driver) just got cited,” Lucinda Lopez said. “My grandmother had a future.”

After living in Lawrence for much of her life, Doris Lopez moved about a dozen years ago to Springfield, where she taught special education.

In June 2012, she returned to Lawrence to live with and help take care of her granddaughter, then a recent high school graduate with big plans ahead of her.

“Since I was little, she always took care of me,” Lucinda Lopez said. “I never considered her my grandmother. I called her my mom. She was there for my prom. She bought me my dress. She got my make-up.”

The two enjoyed planning vacations together — “her dream was to leave New England and go to Florida,” Lopez’s granddaughter said — and they went out to eat frequently, often to Olive Garden.

When asked to describe her grandmother, Lucinda Lopez spoke of her loud, energetic laugh.

“She was always laughing. She was so loud,” the young woman said, chuckling. “She’d say, ‘I’m Puerto Rican! I’ll laugh all I want, as loud as I want to.’”

As they grieved her death, Lopez’s family also reached out to the community for help raising $15,000 to cover her funeral expenses.

They established a donation drive through GoFundMe.com. According to the page, “Doris was an amazing 61-year-old woman who dedicated her life to satisfying all of the roles she was given in life as mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend,” the page reads.

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