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July 14, 2019
Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett and Lawrence Police Chief Roy
Vasque announced that a Lawrence man has been arrested in connection with a
motor vehicle crash that claimed the life of an 8-year old girl yesterday
An arrest warrant for Selvin Manuel Lima (DOB: 6/14/1996) was issued this
morning for the following:
Manslaughter 265/13, Motor Vehicle Homicide by Reckless Operation 90/24G(c), Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon Causing Serious Bodily Injury (4 counts) 265/15A(c)(I), Operating After License Suspension, Subsequent Offense 90/23, Failing to Stop for a Police Officer, Marked Lanes, Speeding
At approximately 5:30 pm yesterday, a Lawrence Police Patrol officer
initiated a motor vehicle stop of a white 2009 Infiniti G37 at the intersection
of South Union and Winthrop, for speeding and erratic operation. As the
officer approached the vehicle on foot, the operator, later identified as Lima,
fled at a high rate of speed. The Lawrence Police officer did not pursue
It is alleged that the suspect turned onto Winthrop Ave (Route 114
Northbound) and as he approached the intersection of Winthrop and Andover
Street, lost control of the vehicle, crossed over to the Southbound side and
struck a black 2016 Honda Civic head on. (The exact location of the crash
was 191 Parker Street. Winthrop Avenue turns into Parker at Andover
Street. It is also Route 114.)
Five people were traveling in the Honda. An 8-year old girl was transported to Lawrence General Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The remaining people (a 27-year old Lawrence male; a 29-year old Peabody female and 2 female children also of Peabody) were transported to various Boston hospitals with serious injuries. As of this morning, all were still alive.
Lima was med-flighted to Brigham & Women’s Hospital with serious
injuries. He was the sole occupant of the Infiniti. He is expected
to be arraigned on Monday at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, depending on his
condition. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
There will not be a press
Also note: we believe the Peabody woman is the mother of the 3 children in
the Honda but at this point we have not been able to confirm that for a
fact. Names will remain withheld until this can be figured out and proper
family notifications can be made.
Director of Communications
Essex District Attorney’s Office