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July 30, 2013

Danvers native killed in pedestrian accident on highway

DANVERS — The woman who was struck and killed Friday by a tractor-trailer truck while she was walking on Interstate 495 is a Danvers native.

Rebekah Jean Duerr, 30, of Haverhill, was raised in Danvers and graduated from Danvers High School. A certified yoga instructor, she owned and operated her own business in Haverhill.

An investigation by state police assigned to the district attorney’s office determined that criminal charges would not be filed against the truck driver, Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said. She did not offer an explanation for why the woman was walking in that area.

The incident happened at 8:30 a.m. on I-495 south near Exit 48, the exit for Ward Hill, Kimball-Monahan said. The left southbound lane of the highway was closed to traffic for about two hours.

Authorities said Duerr was taken to Lawrence General Hospital after the incident.

Staff writer Mark E. Vogler contributed to this report.

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