A Lowell woman has been charged in connection with the horrific December 1, 2009 crash in Chelmsford that killed a construction worker and left a second man needing a leg amputated, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.
Juanita McKenzie, 34 was charged with motor vehicle homicide, marked lanes violation, breakdown lane violation, and failure to change lanes for an emergency vehicle.
An arraignment date has not yet been set.
According to Leone, at approximately 10:30 am, McKenzie was traveling on Route 3 North in the middle travel lane when her vehicle suddenly crossed into the first travel lane and continued into the breakdown lane, which had been blocked off due to construction taking place on the highway. As the defendant’s vehicle entered the breakdown lane, it allegedly drove over several traffic cones before striking the first victim who was standing outside his vehicle in the construction zone. The defendant’s vehicle then pinned the second victim between McKenzie’s car and the first victim’s car.
Following the collision, the defendant’s vehicle allegedly spun out across two travel lanes, striking an additional vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest against the jersey barriers in the median strip of Route 3.
The first victim was transported by Life Flight to Beth Israel Hospital with serious injuries and, as a result of the accident, one of his legs had to be amputated. The second victim, identified as Anderson Cadell, 44, of Seabrook, New Hampshire, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle that was struck was not injured and did not seek medical attention.