Driver Dead After Car Crashes Into Store Off Route 16 In Medford

MEDFORD (CBS) – A woman is dead after her car crashed into a store in Medford early Friday morning.

The car went through the front of the Lens Crafters eyeglass shop on Mystic Valley Parkway (Route 16) around 6:15 a.m.  The vehicle ended up completely inside the building.

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The car ended up completely inside the store after the crash Friday. (WBZ-TV)

Police said the driver was on her way to work on Route 16 west when she apparently lost control and went over the curb of the Wellington Plaza Shopping Center.

The vehicle went across the parking lot leaving a trail of debris along the way.

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The car ended up completely inside the store after the crash Friday. (Photo credit: Carl Stevens – WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

A firefighter on the scene said the car was so badly damaged that, “It made it difficult to even tell what make it was.”

The woman was the only one who died, but when investigators saw a car safety seat, they made sure no one else had been in the vehicle.

On Friday night, police identified the driver as 62-year-old Cleuza Dasilva of Everett.

The store was closed at the time of the crash and the car was taken from the store just before 9 a.m.

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This car ended up completely inside the store after the crash Friday. (WBZ-TV)

A woman looking at the crash scene was surprised at the severity of the accident.

“It’s awful, I mean it’s horrible. I feel bad for the family,” she told WBZ-TV.

She was also surprised by where the accident happened.

“I saw it on the news this morning, and I thought, my God that’s our plaza,” she said.

No other information is available at this point in the investigation.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Comments

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  1. The Wellington interchange is a friggin’ mess. If you get into the wrong lane, you end up at Revere Beach rather than Salem Street. I’ve been driving through the area since when it was a rotary.

    And it’s only going to get worse.

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