A woman killed in a hit-and-run crash in Lynn on Wednesday was on her way to catch a bus to work and had walked to the bus stop many times before, her husband said.
Emira Barucija, 55, a Lynn resident, was using a crosswalk in the area of 1000 Western Ave., near the General Electric facility, just before 6 a.m. when she was struck by a vehicle that then fled the area, according to the Lynn Police Department.
The vehicle and driver were later located, police said.
The driver’s name was not released, and police said in a statement Wednesday that “charges will be sought when the investigation is completed.” No further information was released.
Barucija died at the scene. Her husband, Redzo Barucija, said in an interview Thursday that she worked at Salem Hospital as a cleaner and regularly used the bus to get there. When he wasn’t working, he’d give Barucija a ride to work in their car.
Redzo Barucija’s voice broke as he spoke about his wife of 15 years, who he met in the United States after each had fled Bosnia. He learned of the crash later Wednesday morning when a neighbor called him while he was at work.
“She was a very special person, very nice, a good worker,” Redzo Barucija said. “She was loved very much.”
Adam Bagni, a spokesman for Salem Hospital, said Barucija was “a beloved member” of the staff.
“Her warmth, kind smile, and quiet, yet calming demeanor will be greatly missed,” the hospital said in a statement. “Emira ensured that those around her felt appreciated and caring was in her nature, especially with her colleagues. Whether it was bringing someone a box of chocolates to brighten their day, or offering a warm friendly smile, she touched our hearts.
“While in patients’ rooms, Emira always kept a keen eye on patients and would report to the nursing staff if she noticed anything amiss. This dedication and attention to detail made her an integral part of the care team.”
Barucija lived with her husband in a condominium complex, where neighbors described her as a kind and pleasant member of the community.
“I wish I had many more residents just like Emira,” said Jordan Avery, trustee and chairman of the River Edge Condominium Association. “She will be greatly missed but certainly not forgotten.”
In a statement, the condo association expressed condolences to Barucija’s family .
“Emira always had a pleasant smile and gracious mannerisms and was an asset to the community and our building,” the association’s statement said. “She epitomized what a great neighbor is and should be.”
The condo association also expressed gratitude to the Lynn fire and police departments and State Police investigators for locating the alleged driver.
“Their combined efforts helped track down the driver and the vehicle swiftly, hoping to hold the suspect accountable,” the statement said.
Redzo said he and Emira do not have children. Her parents and three sisters still live in Bosnia, he said.
The crash remains under investigation by Lynn police and State Police, according to the Lynn Police Department.