Pedestrian killed on Andover Street

Emergency crews got called to Andover and High streets tonight at 9:26 p.m., for a report that a vehicle struck a pedestrian.

They found an unidentified man, who witnesses said appeared to be in his 40’s, unconscious in the northbound lane of Andover Street in front of the BP gas station.

The man’s baseball cap remained just a few feet from a crosswalk at High Street, and one of his shoes remained another 20 feet up the street.

Above is the Nissan sport utility vehicle that struck the man. I couldn’t get a shot of the female driver, though she remained at the scene in the passenger seat of a truck that later followed a police cruiser away from the scene down High Street, toward the police station.

The only damage to the Nissan that I could see was the large dent on the hood.

Several men who declined to give their names said the victim was “pale” and “lifeless” at the scene, and they believed he was dead, though Trinity Ambulance took the man to Saints Medical Center.

Three men at the scene said the female driver appeared to be in her 20’s.

The female driver was not in police custody, I confirmed that at the scene. I didn’t see a field sobriety test conducted, either. She is not facing charges as of midnight, as I write this.

Officer Maldonado from the Traffic Unit was called in to conduct reconstruction, and Andover Street was closed between Willow and High while police investigated.

UPDATE: The pedestrian involved in this crash was pronounced dead at Saints Medical Center, according to police. Police aren’t releasing any other details, even ages of those involved, because the investigation is now in the hands of District Attorney Gerard Leone’s Office.

UPDATE: Cara O’Brien, spokeswoman for District Attorney Gerard Leone, has identified the victim as Brian Quinn, 43, of Lowell.

Lowell Capt. Kelly Richardson identified the driver of the Nissan Murano as Kimberly Scomis, 30, of Lowell. Richardson said police reviewed evidence at the scene and “independent witness statements” and determined that neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in the crash. They also determined there were no mechanical problems with the vehicle.

Richardson said Scomis will not face charges.

I spoke to several members of Quinn’s family tonight but they declined to immediately comment.


2 responses to “Pedestrian killed on Andover Street

  1. This incident is endemic of an ongoing problem in the city – people just strolling out in front of moving cars. It’s really surprising that this doesn’t happen more often. My condolences to the driver of the vehicle who has to live with this memory.
    Look both ways before crossing the street, people! Insisnt that your kids do it too!!

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