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Man Charged in Car Accident Death of 8-Year-Old Identified By Police

A Lawrence man has been charged in the death of an 8-year-old girl after a two-car crash Saturday.

The fatal crash happened just before 6 p.m. at the intersection of Andover Street and Winthrop Avenue.

Selvin Manuel Lima, 23, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with manslaughter, motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation, four counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, operating after a license suspension, failing to stop for a police officer, failure to stay in marked lanes and speeding. 

Lima fled from police after a Lawrence police officer pulled over Lima’s 2009 Infinity at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, according to officials.

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Lima drove away as an officer got of his cruiser and started to walk toward the Infinity, according to police. A police chase never began, but Lima lost control of his car while driving on Winthrop Avenue and crossed over into the other side of the road, where he hit a 2016 Honda Civic head on, police said. 

An eight-year-old child was killed, while four others – two adults and two children – were brought to the hospital. As of Sunday morning, all four were still alive.

The two cars involved suffered significant damage in the crash and were towed off the scene Saturday night.

There was such significant front end damage that the Jaws of Life was used to extract an occupant from one of the cars. 

Witnesses described a horrific scene involving adults and children, as well as the chaotic moments before medics arrived.

“All I heard was screeching and smack, come out, and people laying on the ground,” Diane George said.

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“The air bags deployed and everybody thought it was on fire because it was all puffy stuff and everything like that around… so she started running and collapsed right over there,” Miguel Brito said. “All the rest couldn’t even get out even when they used the Jaws of Life on the individual here, it took them about five minutes to get that individual out of there. It just took extremely too long.”

“If that was my kid, I mean I’m crying and it’s not even my kid,” James Ford said. “It’s a child. That’s a kid, you know. Never should’ve happened. No, no, no. It’s a child.”

Lima was brought to Brigham and Women’s Hospital by helicopter with serious injuries, according to police. He is expected to be arraigned Monday.

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