Friday, September 25, 2015

Slow Saturday Special: No Jalloh in Lowell

"Lowell girl, 14, suffers serious injuries after getting hit twice by car" by Sarah Roberts Globe Correspondent  September 19, 2015

A 14-year-old Lowell girl suffered life-threatening injuries after she was struck twice by a car while crossing the street after getting off a bus on Thursday, police said.

The teen got off a Lowell Regional Transit Authority bus at 3:22 p.m. and was walking in front of the bus to cross Wood Street, Lowell police said in a statement.

At the same time, Fatmata Jalloh, 54, of Lowell, was driving one car behind the bus. Witnesses, including the bus driver, told police that Jalloh crossed the center lines of the road, passed the vehicle in front of her and the bus, and struck the girl, according to police.

The impact knocked the girl onto the hood of Jalloh’s car and Jalloh stepped on her brakes, according to Captain Timothy Crowley. The girl then rolled off the hood and fell onto the ground, and Jalloh accelerated and struck the girl a second time, Crowley said.

Jalloh allegedly continued on and side-swiped two vehicles and hit a sport utility vehicle head-on with her car.

The SUV then pushed into another vehicle, the statement said.

The girl, who was not named, was taken by helicopter to Tufts Medical Center in Boston with serious injuries to her head and face, and was in extremely critical condition, Crowley said.

Jalloh and the driver of the vehicle that was hit head-on were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries and released.

Jalloh’s license was revoked because she was determined to be an “immediate threat” on the road, but no charges or citations have been filed.

Lowell police are still reconstructing the crash and will determine any charges once they finish investigating, Crowley said.