Woman dies after being struck by pickup outside state police barracks, Bradford man to be charged with motor-vehicle homicide

ANDOVER — A Bradford man will be arraigned on motor-vehicle homicide and drunken-driving charges today after the 31-year-old woman he struck outside the state police barracks died last night, state police said.

Robert V. Bryant, 50, is accused of mowing down the woman in his full-size Chevy pickup and then striking her vehicle as she walked out of the state police barracks on Route 125 yesterday afternoon. Bryant then drove away before he was captured by troopers about 150 yards away on the highway, state police said.

The woman, who has not yet been identified by state police, was first taken to Lawrence General Hospital and later transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for surgery. She was pronounced dead some time last night, state police said.

Bryant was being held on $50,000 cash bail last night.

The woman was also a Bradford resident, but state police said there is no indication that she and Bryant knew one another.

The accident occurred after the woman went to the state police barracks to pick up some paperwork around 3:05 p.m., yesterday, state police Sgt. Eric Bernstein said.

The woman was there to pick up an accident report for her husband, who was involved in a crash earlier Sunday, he said.

She parked her Toyota Highlander in the barracks’ U-shaped driveway. Her mother was a passenger in the Highlander.

It was raining heavily on Route 125, a “heavily traveled cut-through” from Interstate 93 to North Andover, Bernstein said.

The woman was “walking from the barracks to her car” when she was struck by Bryant’s vehicle. Bryant then struck the parked Highlander.

The woman’s mother was sitting in the passenger’s seat of the Highlander when it was struck. The older woman ran to the barracks to get help and did not immediately know her daughter had been hit, Bernstein said.

Troopers found her daughter laying unconscious on the grass and immediately began first aid and called for an ambulance, he said.

Bryant, meanwhile, had driven off. Troopers arrested him a short distance away after the right front tire came off the pickup, Bernstein said.

The tire was damaged “as a result of the impact” in the accident, Bernstein said.

The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Edward Troy of the Andover barracks, who is being assisted by troopers specially trained in accident reconstruction. Investigators from District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office are also involved.