Woman Killed in Mishawum Car Crash Early Friday
Kristen Abreu, a 30-year-old Bradford paramedic, is dead after her car struck a tree on Mishawum Road overnight.
A 30-year-old Bradford woman is dead after a single-car crash overnight on Mishawum Road.
Kristen J. Abreu, 30, a paramedic, died at 1:05 a.m. from injuries suffered in the accident. Police said she was the driver and was trapped in the car after the crash.
Woburn Police and Fire were called to the area of 72 Mishawum Road at 12:11 Friday morning after several people reported a one-car accident.
According to police, the car, a black Ford Explorer, struck a tree and was found across the road facing the even numbered side of the street, while the rear of the truck was facing the odd numbered homes.
Woburn Patrolman Dennis Courtney, the first to arrive on the scene, found Abreu trapped and began first aid when Woburn Fire EMTs arrived to take over.
Police shut down Mishawum from Eaton Avenue to Forest Park while Abreu was freed from the vehicle. The 30-year-old woman was taken to Lahey Clinic in Burlington, along with a passenger from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead by doctors there at 1:05 a.m.
The passenger, a 20-year-old male paramedic, was able to exit the vehicle by himself and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
According to police, the passenger told officers that he and Abreu had been at Joe’s American Bar and Grill earlier in the evening.
“He asked if she was OK to drive, and she assured him that she was fine to drive,” recalled Officer Courtney. “He went on to to say that she had a drink or two.”
Police said the man told Abreu to put on her seatbelt and that she “slipped [it] behind her and buckled it in.”
According to the passenger’s statement, police said, the Explorer was traveling at approximately 40 to 45 miles per hour, when Abreu began playing with the radio as they neared the bend at Forest Park Road.
“She swerved the steering wheel for no known reason, then tried to correct it,” said Officer Courtney, recounting the passenger’s statement. “The vehicle went up on two wheels, then the next thing he knew, the vehicle struck a tree.”
The passenger told officers they were not racing any other cars and he did not see anything that would have made Abreu swerve, said police.