LOWELL (CBS) – A 26-year-old Everett man faces motor vehicle homicide and manslaughter charges in the death of a Lowell couple who were struck and killed. Police say it was a drag racing incident.

Jose Medina, 66, and his wife Fernanda, 62, were taking their usual hour-long walk along Pawtucket Boulevard around 6:30 p.m. when Tyriek Brown allegedly lost control of his vehicle, jumped the curb and hit the couple.

The couple was rushed to Lowell General Hospital where they died. Brown was also taken to a hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. He was arrested late Thursday night.

A man and woman walking on Pawtucket Boulevard were killed by a car, May 21, 2020. (Photo credit: Lowell Sun)

Fernanda’s sister, who did not want to use her name, said the Medinas’ children can’t comprehend it.

“The daughters are devastated, heartbroken,” she said. “It’s a dream to them right now, like it’s not happening.”

The one hundred yards of skid marks from the street to the sidewalk tell the story. The black mustang with the heavily damaged windshield finally came to a stop. Investigators said speed was a definite factor on the road with a posted limit of 40 mph.

Skid tracks leading to the spot where a man and woman walking on Pawtucket Boulevard were killed by a car, May 21, 2020. (Photo credit: Lowell Sun)

The family said the Medinas were not supposed to be in Lowell Thursday night because they had plans to take their camper to Cape Cod for the summer, but were delayed by Jose’s doctor appointment.

“He just beat cancer,” Fernanda’s sister said. “They were wonderful people who do anything for anybody.”

Jose and Fernanda Medina (Photo Courtesy: Fernanda’s sister)

For the Medinas, traveling and being with their close-knit Lowell family was their life.

“That was their world, two beautiful grandchildren. They loved, loved, loved the grandchildren,” Fernanda’s sister said.

Police are looking for the driver of the second car who fled the scene. Brown, who was out on a bail in a drug case, had his bail revoked.

Beth Germano

Comments (7)
  1. Vincent Vega says:

    Sad story. Tyriek has a decent sized rap sheet. He is probably holding a lot of anger because his parents named him Tyriek.

  2. David Grossman says:

    I ma appalled at the lack of police presence during the pandemic, we have seen an huge increase in speeders and now we are seeing the effects of that cause, people are dying or being injured by speeding drivers who feel they can do so with impunity, because our police forces around New England have failed to enforce the traffic laws

  3. Frank Rizzo says:

    Mustang drivers….nuff said.

  4. Remember when says:

    Too many people with too many open cases or warrants still running around causing chaos or sadly in this case, murder. Otherwise, I fell pretty safe.

  5. JN says:

    The Legislature needs to amend the law to remove motor vehicle homicide from the books and replace it with first degree murder and conviction should receive life without parole. In a case like this, the driver clearly intended to speed; he was 20 miles from home, he deliberately sped, he intended to drive recklessly. Clear premeditation.

  6. Pamela Silva says:

    I live on Pawtucket Boulevard. There is racing all day long. Just today I watched a car followed by a motorcycle run the red light. It happens all the time. People get so aggravated that I do the speed limit and they drive up my butt until I take the left into the entrance of my condo. There are never police around. There are lots of children, families and people walking pets. No surveillance at all. Deaths every year … what is going to take to stop this?????

  7. Richard Brown says:

    On rare occasions when I do go out, I’ve noticed how aggressive drivers have become. Or perhaps because of the CV19, the sensible people are staying home and the idiots are the only ones left on the road. These careless drivers were always present it’s just now they stick out like a sore thumb. Sad to see these type of stories; Nevertheless, this type of travesty is the end result of such disrespectful motorists. And I’ll say it here…do we really need flying cars?

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