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87-Year-Old Waltham Woman Injured in Massachusetts Car Accident with Police Cruiser

An 87-year-old driver sustained serious injuries after a Waltham police car struck her vehicle on Wednesday. The cruiser was being driven by Officer Linda Moschner, who was headed to an assisted living facility in response to a 911 call.

The elderly woman was about to turn left when the police car struck her red Buick LeSabre on the driver’s side. This caused the 87-year-old to lose control of the car, which then glided across the road and through a stop sign before crashing into a Verizon wirebox and a guardrail.

The woman was unconscious but breathing at the Waltham car crash site. The Jaws of Life had to be used to get her out of the car. Police say she wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

Police are investigating the cause of the traffic collision.

In other Massachusetts auto accident news, seven children were hurt on Tuesday in a Long Meadow school bus crash. The collision happened when the small bus they were in was rear-ended by another car at a red light that had just turned green. The bus driver had started up the car again but suddenly braked while waiting for a pedestrian to exit the crosswalk.

All seven children, ages 11-14, were treated at Bay State Medical Center for minor injuries. Many of them experienced neck pain.

In an unrelated Massachusetts auto accident, a Mashpee woman who was hurt in a Dartmouth car accident early Sunday sustained a serious head injury. 24-year-old Jaemilly I. Torres was a passenger in the 2005 Acura that hit a utility pole. Three others in the vehicle sustained minor injuries.

The car’s driver, 23-year-old Falmouth resident Nicholas O. DePina, has pleaded not guilty to serious bodily injury, operating under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger, alcohol in a motor vehicle/possession of an open container, failure to operate within marked lanes, speeds greater than reasonable or proper, and racing.

Injured crash victim identified as Barnstable High grad, Cape Cod Time, October 5, 2010
Seven children injured in W. Mass. school bus crash, Boston.com, October 5, 2010
Elderly woman unconscious after crash with Waltham police cruiser, Wicked Local, October 6, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Waltham Police Department

Department of Transportation, Massachusetts.dot.gov
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