75-year-old woman dies after being hit by Brockton Police cruiser

Brockton Police cruiser hits pedestrian while responding to emergency

BROCKTON, Mass. — A pedestrian hit by a marked Brockton Police cruiser on Tuesday afternoon has died, according to the Plymouth County DA’s office.

Officials said the crash happened in the area of 706 Main Street at around 4:17 p.m.

According to authorities, the officer in the cruiser had been responding to an emergency and was driving with the cruiser’s emergency system activated when it struck the pedestrian.

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The officer immediately stopped his vehicle, reported the incident, and administered first aid to the victim.

The victim has been identified as 75-year-old Maria Graca of Brockton.

Graca was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

"It’s obviously heartbreaking, I believe bad for the police officer I’m sure they did what they could to avoid it but sometimes accidents happen," said Nick Schneider.

State Police continue to investigate the incident.