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Family identifies victim as Aura Garcia

BOSTON —An East Boston woman walking across a Boston drawbridge was crushed to death Tuesday after an operator raising the bridge for a boat to pass heard her screams and lowered it, accidentally trapping her between the two plates, investigators said.

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The woman, identified by her family as Aura Garcia, 46,  was crossing the bridge around noon when a bridge operator, not aware that she was on the bridge, began raising it for the boat in the Chelsea River.

Garcia grabbed hold of one of the sides of the bridge and the operator immediately lowered it when he heard her scream, but she became trapped in between the plates and suffered massive trauma, police said.

“I couldn’t see her, but I could hear her,” witness Waldina Garcia said “She was screaming and screaming and screaming.”

Garcia, who had two children, was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators called her death on the Meridian Street Bridge, which connects Chelsea and East Boston, an accident.

The distraught bridge operator was taken to the hospital for evaluation, officials said.

Dot Joyce, a spokeswoman for Mayor Thomas Menino, said that the bridge operator was placed on unpaid leave pending results of the investigation. She described that as standard procedure.

Investigators said it wasn’t clear whether the woman began crossing the bridge after warning lights and alarms were activated.

Revere woman in her 40s slain

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CHELSEA, Mass. —Prosecutors and police are asking for help identifying the attacker who fatally injured a woman in Chelsea.

The Suffolk district attorney‘s office said Tuesday the woman was a Revere resident in her 40s. Her name wasn’t immediately released.

Chelsea police found the woman just after 1 a.m. when they got a call that a woman was lying in the street at Broadway and Congress Avenue.

The district attorney’s office said witnesses told police she had been walking from the direction of nearby Everett Avenue when she fell to the ground.

She was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where she later died.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide.


Robert Buckley regularly transported victims, police say

SALEM, Mass. —A Salem man has been accused of assaulting two developmentally disabled women whom he transported as part of his job with MassTran, a private transportation company.

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Robert Buckley, 64, was arrested Tuesday on four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person with a developmental/intellectual disability and one count of intimidation of a witness. The victims are in their 20s, police said.

Prosecutors said that Buckley put a hat over the surveillance camera in the van, but that he could still be seen rubbing a woman’s breasts.

The investigation by state troopers began several days ago following a telephone complaint made to the Disabled Persons Protection Commission’s hotline.

When MassTran reviewed other surveillance tapes, they found additional assaults, prosecutors said.

“These victims were made vulnerable by a disability that this man allegedly exploited,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said. “The charges are shocking and disturbing.”

Bail was set at $1,000 for Buckley at his arraignment in Chelsea District Court.