• PD: Driver who fled scene of crash in Lawrence was an unlicensed minor

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    LAWRENCE, Mass. - A local mother is fighting for her life after she was hit by a car while crossing a Lawrence street Saturday night.

    Police identified the driver early Monday morning and are continuing to search for him.

    They say he's a 17-year-old who doesn't even have a license. Authorities plan to summon him to court when he'll be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, causing personal injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

    The driver's name has not been released by police because he is a minor. 

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    The victim, who was identified as Janet Rosa, 45, was crossing Amesbury Street around 8:30 p.m. when she was hit by a gray Toyota Camry and thrown violently into the air.

    Police said the impact threw Rosa a significant distance and suffered serious injuries as a result.

    Friends were back at the scene of the violent crash Sunday looking for Rosa’s hearing aid.

    “She’s not getting up,” friend Taisha Rivera said. “She can’t hear. So we were hoping if she had he hearing aid, maybe she would hear. Maybe she would wake up.”

    Christian Sabater, Rosa’s son, said his mother received major injuries.

    “She’s doing bad,” he said. Severe, severe injuries. She’s not breathing on her own. She’s breathing through a tube. It’s bad.”

    Rosa was taken to a Boston hospital where she remains in serious condition.

    “It's wrong if you hit somebody and you don’t even check to see if that person is ok," said Rivera.

    Family and friends say Rosa, a mother of four, should recover, but has a long way to go. 

    “Right now we just gotta pray," said Rivera. 

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police.

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