The driver who allegedly fatally struck a 61-year-old woman with her vehicle is cooperating with the investigation, according to the Lawrence Police Department
A 22-year-old woman from Lawrence believed to be behind the wheel during the deadly incident was interviewed by officials, Lawrence police said. She is accused of striking the woman and her 35-year-old pregnant daughter.
Shortly after 6 p.m., the two women were hit by a car at the intersection of Hampshire Street and Essex Street. Both victims were taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where the 61-year-old woman died.
She was identified Thursday by Lawrence police as Maria Rodriguez of Lawrence.
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The 35-year-old woman, who has not been identified, and her unborn child are in stable condition, according to police.
“When I heard it was a young, pregnant gal I was like, ‘Oh, gee! I hope she’s going to be okay,’” said Ginny Alexander of Lawrence Community Access Television.
“It’s horrifying because of the season,” said Alexander. “I saw the woman in the middle of the street, knew there was nothing I was going to be able to do because there were people around her.”
“I’m really hurt. It hurts. It’s the holidays, and we’re all very sad,” said Geraldine Chase, who owns Isabel’s Boutique and knew the victims. “On Thanksgiving, they’d come to look for dresses for that particular occasion. So, of course, I’m very sad. I just saw them, and one of them is gone.”
The driver has not been charged, but police say the incident remains under investigation. Police said they do not believe drugs or alcohol are a factor in the crash.
Lawrence police said they’re looking into whether speed or distracted driving played a role in the accident.
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They’re also reviewing surveillance video from the Lawrence Community Access Television building to determine whether the driver should face any charges.