Trial Underway For Driver Accused Of Hitting Road Crew

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AYER, Mass. (AP) _ The trial has started for a Lowell woman charged with plowing her car into a road cleanup crew, killing one worker and injuring another so severely that his leg was amputated.

Juanita McKenzie is charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation. The trial is continuing Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the 36-year-old McKenzie had a seizure behind the wheel on Route 3 in Chelmsford in December 2009, she drove into a blocked-off breakdown lane where a crew was cleaning up a diesel spill, hit one man, then pinned 44-year-old Anderson Cadell of Seabrook, N.H., to another vehicle, killing him.

Prosecutors say she was driving even though she had a medical condition that led to seizures.

The Sun of Lowell ( ) reports that McKenzie’s lawyer called the crash a “horrible accident.”
Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun,

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