Woman who allegedly struck bicyclist in Lowell was drunk


LOWELL — A bicyclist was seriously injured when he was struck by a car on Rogers Street, near the Lowell-Tewksbury line, shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday.

After being rushed from the scene by ambulance, the man was airlifted to a hospital by MedFlight, according to emergency radio broadcasts.

Lowell police taped off Rogers Street, between Village Street and Village Research Drive, near the entrance to McDonald’s and the Hannaford grocery store.

Between the police tape, the bicycle laid damaged on the sidewalk off of Rogers Street. The impacted bike was one owned by VeoRide, the company that provides the bicycle ride-share program to Lowell.

A Toyota sedan, with heavy damage to its front driver’s side and a fractured windshield, was parked in the nearby entrance to the restaurant and grocery store. A visibly shaken woman sat next to the vehicle, while a police officer stood nearby.

Police identified the driver as Jacquelyn Hopkinson of Dracut. Police said she told them she was headed inbound on Rogers Street from the Burger King, located less than a mile away on Main Street in Tewksbury, when she struck the bicyclist.

Hopkinson, 26, was traveling into Lowell from Tewksbury at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred, police said in a news release issued Monday morning.

According to police, she appeared to be intoxicated and was charged with operating under the influence.

Several witnesses gathered near the scene of the crash, including Lowell resident Judith Valenzuela. She said she did not witness the impact between the car and the bike, but saw the aftermath.

Valenzuela said she approached the injured man, who she estimated was in his mid-20s. She said he laid on the ground unconscious and badly injured.

“He was bleeding and his eyes were closed, but he was breathing,” Valenzuela said.

She added it appeared the injured man was struggling to breathe.

The results of an ongoing Lowell Police Accident Reconstruction investigation may lead to additional charges.

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