5-year-old girl struck and killed by car in Revere; 4 others injured
REVERE — A sport utility vehicle plowed into a group of five people standing in the crosswalk of a median on Route 145 early Sunday evening, killing a five-year-old girl, seriously injuring an infant girl, and injuring three others, State Police said.
Autumn L. Harris of Boston was the driver of a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox that veered off the road near its intersection of North Shore Road at about 5 p.m. and onto the grass median strip where the five were waiting together to cross the street, State Police said in a statement.
Police are still investigating why the car left the road.
The five-year-old was determined to be dead at the scene. A two-month-old girl was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The other victims, all of whom suffered non-life-threatening or minor injuries, were a 27-year-old woman, another woman whose age wasn’t given, and a two-year-old child. A passenger in the SUV was also taken to MGH with minor injuries.
None of the victims had been identified Sunday night. State police also said they couldn’t specify how or if they were related to one another.
Harris, 42, was arrested and held overnight at the State Police’s Revere barracks. She was charged with motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
State Police said early Monday that additional charges may be filed based on the results of an ongoing investigation. Harris will be arraigned Monday at Chelsea District Court.
A drug recognition expert was called to assess Harris for potential narcotics impairment. Drug recognition experts are used when preliminary investigation facts and circumstances suggest an operator should be investigated for drug impairment, said David Procopio, a spokesman for the State Police.
Procopio said police had not yet determined Sunday night if the crash was impairment-related.
A passenger in the car, a 40-year-old woman from East Boston, was also transported to Mass. General with non-life-threatening injuries, State Police said.
At the scene near Revere police’s headquarters, a number of State Police cars and orange traffic cones closed the road in both directions for a time Sunday night as troopers loaded evidence — including a stroller and a baby car seat — onto a truck.
Azeddine Chetoui, a cashier in a Sunoco gas station across from where the accident occurred, said he didn’t see anything, but he had been watching the police presence throughout the night.
He said the intersection is too dark and needs an additional crosswalk.
“They need to find a solution because this area is getting worse,” Chetoui said.
Map: Approximate area of crash
David Powell, 61, of the Beachmont section of Revere, said he has seen countless car accidents on Route 145 for the 11 years he has lived in the area.
“I feel bad for anybody who has to go through that,” he said. “I can’t imagine losing my child like that.”
A woman who said she has lived up the street on North Shore Road for 22 years and asked to only be identified by her first name, Cecilia, said she has long been fearful of the intersection.
“What I’m afraid of is that we’re going to know them,” she said of the victims.
An apartment complex that is being developed at Suffolk Downs, across the road from the intersection, has recently exacerbated her concerns, Cecilia said. “How many more apartments are going to be going up here?” she said. “It’s dangerous now.”
State Police’s Troop A, Suffolk County Detective Unit, Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and Crime Scene Services Section are investigating the incident.