ACTON — Authorities have identified a 56-year-old woman struck by a car in the parking lot of an Acton grocery store on Monday as Denise Stracqualursi, of Tewksbury, and said the grocery store employee has died of the injuries she suffered in the accident.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Police Chief Richard Burrows and Fire Chief Robert Hart announced Friday that Stracqualursi died of her injuries a day earlier, and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health subsequently sent out a press release saying Stracqualursi worked at the store, Roche Bros., where the crash occurred.
Stracqualursi is the second grocery store worker to die in such an accident in just four years, and an Acton woman was also killed in a similar crash at a grocery store in Westford, also in 2017, though that woman was a shopper and not a store employee.
Acton Police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said emergency crews were sent to the store on Massachusetts Avenue in Acton Monday about 1:10 p.m., for a report of a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle in the grocery store’s parking lot. Upon arrival, first responders located Stracqualursi lying alongside the travel lane in front of the store and subsequently transported her to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. Stracqualursi died on Thursday.
A preliminary investigation suggests that Stracqualursi was walking with a shopping cart when the driver of the vehicle, a 76-year-old woman, turned left and struck her as she was crossing the travel lane toward the parking area, according to a press release. The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene.
This investigation is being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Acton Police Department. No charges have been filed.
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health said the death is the 14th confirmed workplace injury death so far this year in Massachusetts, and the sixth involving a motor vehicle. The organization called in a press release for increased worker training and safety measures for grocery store workers who interact with traffic.
“No one should have to risk their life for a paycheck,” MassCOSH Executive Director Jodi Sugerman-Brozen said in a press release. “On April 28, Massachusetts worker advocates held our annual observance of Workers’ Memorial Day to honor those we lost on the job. The loss of Denise just one day later shows we must sustain our efforts to end workplace dangers once and for all.”