5-year-old Andover woman recognized as youngster killed by tractor trailer


Her household is now calling on city officers to take steps to make the intersection the place she died safer for pedestrians.

Sidney Mae Olson, 5, died in a deadly automobile crash Tuesday.
Courtesy Photograph

The household of 5-year-old Sidney Mae Olson has recognized her because the youngster struck and killed by a tractor trailer in Andover Tuesday night.

What occurred

Sidney, an Andover resident, was hit round 5:15 p.m. on the intersection of Elm and Principal Streets.

In a press release launched via the Essex County District Lawyer’s Workplace, Sidney’s household mentioned they had been strolling to an artwork class on Principal Avenue when she and one other member of the family entered the crosswalk whereas the stroll signal was on.

“As long-time residents of the neighborhood, we’ve adopted that route a whole lot of instances earlier than,” Sidney’s household wrote. “The remaining was a blur, and Sidney was struck by a truck and killed, leaving an inconceivable void in our lives.”

The opposite member of the family who was within the crosswalk when Sidney was killed was not hit by the car.

Police mentioned beforehand that the driving force of the tractor trailer stopped after Sidney was hit and was cooperative with police. It’s unclear if they are going to face costs.

Remembering Sidney

“Sidney was a bright-eyed, energetic woman with springy curls,” her household wrote. “…She was identified for her soft-spoken curiosity, and her budding potential to deescalate battle and discover widespread floor in teams.”

“[Sidney] was fiercely artistic, styling her personal outfits, choreographing elaborate performances, and filling our residence together with her distinctive model of summary artwork, in contrast to something we’ve seen,” her household wrote.

Sidney Mae Olson, 5, died in a deadly automobile crash Tuesday. – Courtesy Photograph

“She picked flowers in every single place she went, usually plucking a rose from the backyard in entrance of Enterprise Financial institution, regardless of her dad and mom’ objections. She memorized each lyric to a dozen Taylor Swift songs, gladly taking the microphone to sing alongside in crowded karaoke classes.”

For Sidney’s final birthday, she needed a “rainbow” theme, as a result of “it contains everybody’s favourite shade,” her household wrote.

Stopping one other tragedy

Sidney’s household is now asking city officers to take steps to make the intersection of Elm and Principal Streets safer. They are saying it has lengthy been thought of harmful.

“Whereas we’re not engineers, we additionally know our group can do higher,” they wrote. “We hope the city makes quick modifications to that and different high-traffic intersections so nobody has to expertise the ache we really feel proper now.”

“On behalf of the City of Andover, I specific our honest condolences to the household of the kid whose life was tragically reduce brief,” Andover City Supervisor Andrew Flanagan mentioned in a press release Thursday. “We share within the grief that has been expressed by members of our group over the previous twenty-four hours.”

Within the assertion, Flanagan indicated that the city is methods to make the intersection safer.

“Final week, at Andover’s Annual City Assembly, voters authorised funding for a visitors examine for the Elm Sq. intersection,” Flanagan mentioned within the assertion. “The City will totally assess this space and act to implement any enhancements deemed crucial.”

Originally posted 2023-05-12 02:23:59.