Police identify victim in I-495 rollover as 18-year-old from Methuen

Police identify victim in I-495 rollover as 18-year-old from Methuen

Police on Sunday identified the woman who died in a rollover crash in Haverhill Saturday as Alexis Spartz, 18, of Methuen. The crash, which took place south of Main Street on Route 495, remains under investigation, police said.

Spartz was pronounced dead at Lawrence General Hospital Saturday night, and her passenger, a 19-year-old woman also from Methuen, was taken from Lawrence General Hospital to Tufts Medical Center for further treatment of her injuries, which police said are serious.

According to a preliminary investigation by Massachusetts State Police Trooper Matthew Routhier, Spartz was driving a 2004 Lincoln LS sedan Saturday afternoon when she lost control of the vehicle, which rolled over and crashed, trapping Spartz and her passenger.

Off-duty Methuen firefighter David Broadhurst was on 495 when he saw the crash, according to Methuen Mayor James Jajuga. Broadhurst stopped, helped remove Spartz from the vehicle and began administering emergency medical assistance to both victims. The passenger could not be removed from the vehicle until the Haverhill Fire Department was on scene to extricate her.

Two, off-duty state police were also present at the scene of the crash, as well as MassDOT officials.

"Unfortunately we lost one of them," Jajuga said of the two women in the crash. "I just feel so terrible for the families. It's a horrible tragedy. It's a tragedy any time you lose a child, particularly during a holiday period and the Easter holiday. It is just a terrible, terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to them."

He added that the city would be reaching out to help the families.

"If they have any concerns or needs we will help steer them toward the help they need," he said.

Jajuga praised Broadhurst's reaction to the crash.

"I am really proud," Jajuga said. "He responded immediately and provided first aid to both young women. He did the best he could along with the troopers."


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