Woman killed when car breaks down, is struck by hearse in Avon

A hearse crashed into a Jeep that had stopped in a travel lane shortly after midnight Friday on Route 24 in Avon, killing the driver of the Jeep and sending the other motorist to a Boston hospital, State Police said.

According to the preliminary investigation, a Jeep driven by Marielourdes A. Azard-Torchon, 39, of Brockton was stopped in the middle travel lane on the northbound side of the highway at about 12:15 a.m. with its lights off, State Police said in a statement.

The driver of a Dodge Caravan traveling in the lane tried to avoid the Jeep but struck the rear of the vehicle, the statement said.


“Upon impact the Jeep rotated in a clockwise direction coming to rest in a southerly direction in the breakdown lane,” State Police said. “The Caravan veered off the roadway into the median and hit a guardrail.”

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Registry records indicate that the Caravan is a hearse. At the time of the crash, it was carrying only the driver, Robert Stockwell, 25, of Middleborough, according to State Police.

Azard-Torchon was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, where she was pronounced dead, State Police said. Her family could not be reached for comment.

Stockwell was taken to Boston Medical Center with injuries not life-threatening, the statement said. A hospital spokeswoman confirmed Stockwell was being treated there Friday evening, but had no information on his condition.

No charges had been brought as of Friday.

Globe correspondent Jasper Craven contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@
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