Woman killed in New Bedford highway crash now identified

Massachusetts State Police. (WLNE)

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn has identified the woman that was struck and killed by a pickup truck in New Bedford early Saturday morning.

Quinn said 45-year-old Joy Swartzendruber, from Assonet, died after a crash that happened along Route 140 North around 2:30 a.m.

Swartzendruber pulled over in her Toyota Avalon on the two-lane highway and was outside her vehicle on the driver side. It’s unknown at this time why she was outside her car.

While she was outside, a Ford F-150, driven by a New Bedford man, side wiped the rear driver’s side of the Toyota and also hit the woman.

She was declared dead on the scene by first responders.

The man in the F-150 was cooperative with police and not under the influence. His car was seized for “further examination” but was not arrested.

“Members of the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section will conduct a full accident reconstruction investigation before any final determinations are made on potential criminal charges,” said Quinn.

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