Woman dies after Essex Avenue crash

The district attorney’s office and police Chief Leonard Campanello confirmed on Sunday that an Ipswich woman was killed in a two-car collision on Essex Avenue Saturday night.

Mary Lipman, 52, was pronounced dead at Addison Gilbert Hospital at 9:47 p.m. after being transported there from the scene.

Rebecca Jacques, also 52, of 187 Western Avenue in Gloucester, has been charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle for at least the second time, as well as a marked lanes violation as a result of the accident. Additional charges may be forthcoming, officials said.

The chief said the district attorney’s office is attempting to reconstruct the events that led to the the accident, which occurred at about 8:30 p.m.

The vehicle Lipman was in was struck by a pick-up truck driven by Jacques which crossed from the lane from Gloucester to the lane to Gloucester and then moved back into the outbound lane when it struck a vehicle that had been on the inbound lane but swerved to avoid the erratically driven truck, according to witnesses whose accounts were reported in a story posted on the Gloucester Daily Times website Saturday night.

The chief said he could not confirm that account, but was able to confirm only that “a vehicle crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle.”

He said a more complete report will be issued possibly after noon today (Monday).

A witness also said the pickup was seen being operated erratically on Emerson Avenue earlier Friday.

Also injured in the accident was an off-duty state trooper who was driving the vehicle Lipman was in.

Essex Avenue remained closed from Kent Circle to Magnolia Avenue, and the vehicles were still entangled, at 11:15 p.m. as a state police reconstruction crew worked.