July 13–METHUEN — Police have identified the man killed in a Tuesday morning crash on Riverside Drive.
Oscar Concepcion, 23, of Lawrence, died after the black Honda Accord he was driving collided head-on with a commercial trailer dump truck, police said.
Concepcion was pronounced dead at the scene.
The passenger in the Honda, a woman identified as Sunny Faretra, 31, of Burlington, sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash and was undergoing surgery in Boston, police said Wednesday. She had been taken to Lawrence General Hospital following the crash and then transported by medical helicopter to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
The crash occurred around 8 a.m. Tuesday on Riverside Drive in the area of Strathmore Road.
Based on preliminary police investigation, the black Honda Accord that Concepcion had been driving was traveling eastbound on Riverside Drive heading toward Lawrence. Witnesses told police that for an unknown reason, the Honda vehicle crossed the double line on the roadway and struck the commercial truck head-on as it was traveling westbound.
Police said it was not immediately clear why the Honda crossed the center line.
The Honda was pushed back into a red Acura MDX that been traveling behind it. The operators of the Acura and the commercial truck were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries, police said.
The crash remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team and Officer Elvin Alarcon of Methuen police.
Methuen police Chief Joseph Solomon said it could be some time before investigators know what caused the crash.
Solomon said police are hopeful Faretra will regain consciousness so that police can speak with her.
In the meantime, he said detectives are also working to re-interview witnesses, including the commercial truck driver and the driver from the Acura that had been following behind the Honda.
“Then we’ll wait on any determination of cause,” Solomon said, adding that it could take three to six months for the state police crash reconstruction report to be finalized.
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