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Victim of Vespa crash ID'd as Northampton woman

Posted by Katrina Ballard  July 9, 2010 01:19 PM

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Investigators tried to reconstruct the crash. Photo by Sarah Thomas

By Katrina Ballard, Globe Correspondent

The driver of a motor scooter who was killed Thursday in a collision with a car in Newton has been identified as a 54-year-old Northampton woman, authorities said today.

Marcia Kearney died in the 2:15 p.m. crash on Ward Street near Grant Avenue in Newton Centre, said Cara O’Brien, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney’s office.

Officials have not released the name of the driver whose car collided with Kearney’s Vespa. O’Brien said no charges have been filed and the case is still under investigation.

Newton resident Marianne Dornfeld said she came upon the accident while riding on her own Vespa with a friend.

The victim’s green Vespa was to the right of the road and the scooter’s luggage rack was on the left, Dornfeld said. A blue Subaru Legacy was also at the scene.

‘‘It’s extremely upsetting,’’ she said. ‘‘I’ve been riding a Vespa for two years and I love to ride. Every time I go out we do think about it. A Vespa is very vulnerable, just like bikes.’’

Another woman who lives on Ward Street said she was finishing a late lunch when she heard a loud noise and a voice. She went outside and saw the vehicles near her driveway.

“It’s one of those freakish things where it happens, and five minutes later it’s almost impossible to reconstruct,” said the woman, who declined to be identified.

Hours after the crash, Ward Street was blocked off as investigators attempted to reconstruct the accident.

Globe Correspondent Sarah Thomas contributed to this report.
Katrina Ballard can be reached at kballard@globe.com.

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