DANVERS — Police have identified Susan Turner as the longtime Danvers crossing guard who was struck by a car on busy Poplar Street (Route 62) just after 7 a.m. Wednesday and suffered serious injuries as a result.
Police have also cited the driver, Penny King, 58, of Beverly, with a charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
Police stressed in a statement Friday that the investigation is not yet complete.
"Over the last 19 years, Susan Turner has been a valuable crossing guard for the town of Danvers," read the statement, provided by police Sgt. Steve Baldassare. "She is a dedicated and reliable employee and a friend to many students and parents. We have no specific information on her injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with Susan and her family as she recovers."
Turner also works as a newspaper carrier for The Salem News.
Turner was taken by ambulance Wednesday to Beverly Hospital. Police at the time described her injuries as "serious" but did not elaborate. In a prior interview, police Chief Patrick Ambrose said, "She's worked for a number of years at that location...She's been a good employee."
The incident occurred at 7:05 a.m. at a crosswalk on Poplar Street near Central Avenue and Belgian Road. Neighbors at the scene said the area is a busy crossing point for students heading to and from the Holten Richmond Middle School.
The driver of the car was on scene when police arrived.
Danvers police and the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section are still investigating the crash.
Board of Selectmen Chairman Dan Bennett said the town's Traffic Advisory Committee, of which he is a member, plans to discuss this intersection at its next meeting.
This story will be updated.
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