BURLINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) -
Fifty-six-year-old Frida Litvak of Framingham was killed when she tried to avoid a mattress on the road in Burlington Tuesday afternoon on Route 128 by the mall. The mattress had fallen off a truck in front of her; she was then hit by the car behind her, which sent her car into the air.
According to police, she was rear-ended by 43-year-old Andrew Lawendowski of Charlton. State police are still trying to find the owner of the truck that lost its mattress.
Litvak was pronounced dead at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. State police Wednesday afternoon were still trying to find the driver of the dump truck who lost its mattress. Witnesses said the truck stopped not far from the accident scene, but then left.
The victim's family said she was caring and was headed home from work early Tuesday afternoon to take care of her 80-year-old father who is blind. She was taking him to a doctor's appointment.
“She was very close with my father. My father is blind. She was his eyes and his ears,” said Galina Litvak, the victim’s sister.
Friends say Litvak came here from the Ukraine in 2000.
The family met with a rabbi Wednesday afternoon to work out funeral arrangements. Family and friends have come and gone from the apartment building.
“Hopefully this person is caught because I don’t want it to happen to other people. I don’t want other people to go through what we're going thru now,” Galina Litvak said.
Police are asking anybody out on the highway Tuesday afternoon that may have witnessed the crash to come forward.
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