11-year-old Peabody girl identified as victim in deadly Lawrence crash

Taysha Rohena Silva was pronounced dead at Lawrence General Hospital, authorities said.

Law enforcement officials Monday identified the child killed in a violent Lawrence crash Saturday evening as an 11-year-old Peabody girl.

Taysha Rohena Silva died when the 2016 Honda Civic her family was traveling in was struck head on by Selvin Manuel Lima, 23, who was allegedly speeding in an Infiniti sedan after he fled a traffic stop, Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office said in a statement.

Taysha was brought to Lawrence General Hospital where she was pronounced dead Saturday, according to officials, who said she was identified by a family member.

On Monday, Taysha’s 8-year-old sister, 15-year-old cousin, 29-year-old mother, and her mother’s 27-year-old boyfriend — who were not identified — remained in Boston hospitals with serious injuries, Blodgett’s office said.


Authorities had previously identified Taysha as an 8-year-old.

Lima faces a slew of charges, including manslaughter and motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation. 

At Lima’s bedside arraignment at Brigham & Women’s Hospital Monday afternoon, Judge Cathy Campbell ordered Lima be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Thursday, Carrie Kimball, a spokesperson for Blodgett’s office, said.

A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf, Kimball said.

According to Blodgett’s office, a Lawrence police officer stopped Lima, who was behind the wheel of a white, 2009 Infiniti G37, around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of South Union Street and Winthrop Avenue for speeding and erratic operation.

“As the officer approached the vehicle on foot, the operator, later identified as Lima, fled at a high rate of speed,” Blodgett’s office said in a statement Sunday. “The Lawrence police officer did not pursue the suspect.”

Officials allege Lima turned and drove north on Winthrop Avenue (Route 114) before he lost control of the car near the Andover Street intersection where Winthrop Avenue turns into Parker Street. He crossed over into the oncoming traffic on the southbound side of the road and struck the black Honda sedan at 191 Parker St., according to Blodgett’s office.


Lima, who was the sole occupant of the Infiniti, was brought to the hospital by a MedFlight helicopter for treatment of serious injuries, authorities said.

He is also charged with speeding; failing to stop for a police officer; a marked lanes violation; operating after a license suspension, subsequent offense; and four counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, officials said.