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Sutton woman fatally struck by 3 vehicles; Woman, 74, is hit on I-495 after exiting broken-down car.

Byline: Steven H. Foskett Jr.

SUTTON - State police yesterday identified a woman who died when she was struck by three vehicles Sunday on Interstate 495 in Bellingham as Anita Daly, 74, of 27 Purgatory Road.

Ms. Daly was driving a Honda Civic north of Exit 18 about 4 p.m.

when her car broke down in the acceleration lane as she was getting onto the highway. She got out of the car and was struck by a Ford F150 pickup truck. The impact knocked Ms. Daly into the left lane, where she was struck by a Nissan and a Chevrolet pickup truck.

She was taken to Milford Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, according to police.

Ms. Daly lived in Sutton with her daughter and son-in-law, Nan and David Holmes. Reached by telephone yesterday, Ms. Holmes declined to comment, except to say that she appreciated the response of the state troopers.

The other drivers were not injured, according to state police. Donald Roach, 76, of Barrington, R.I., was driving the Ford; Adam LaPointe, 28, of Worcester, was driving the Nissan; and Jacob N. Dushane, 29, of Feeding Hills, was driving the Chevrolet.

Mr. LaPointe and Mr. Dushane are Massachusetts National Guard soldiers, and were returning home from weekend training at the Massachusetts Military Reservation on Cape Cod, according to a statement from Maj. Winfield Danielson, a National Guard spokesman.

Maj. Danielson said both men are members of the 747th Military Police Company, and said they tried to provide assistance to Ms. Daly until the state police and other emergency responders arrived. Ms. Holmes said yesterday she appreciated the soldiers' actions.

Two lanes of traffic on the highway were shut down for about four hours as state police investigated the accident. While the accident remains under investigation, there are no charges pending against any of the drivers involved in the crash, state police said.
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