State police now say a woman who died Tuesday night on Interstate 93 in Wilmington had been ejected from her vehicle before being struck in the roadway by an SUV. Earlier, police had thought the woman crashed off the right side of the highway and then “walked away” from her vehicle prior to being hit.
In their update, police also identified the victim as 43-year-old Kristina Lee of Tewksbury.
Here’s what police believe happened:
Based on investigation conducted throughout the night and the development of further information, evidence now suggests that the victim in this crash was ejected from her vehicle after she lost control of it, and then was subsequently struck by the other vehicle as she lay on the roadway.
Preliminary crash reconstruction suggests that the victim, for reasons still under investigation, lost control of her Ford Escape. The Escape exited the travel lane and hit the guardrail, then was redirected back onto the roadway. During that sequence of events, evidence suggests the victim was ejected onto the roadway, while the vehicle continued northbound, unoccupied, and exited the roadway to the right and came to rest in the woodline. The victim was then struck in the roadway by the Honda CRV.
Police responded to the incident, between Exits 38 and 39, around 10:30 p.m. The driver of the CRV — a 24-year-old Methuen man — remained at the scene.
Police are continuing to investigate.
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