Unlicensed Teen Charged in Hit-and-Run That Left Woman in Coma

A Massachusetts teen who doesn't have a driver's license has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run accident that critically injured a woman who is now in a medically-induced coma, according to police.

The 17-year-old male, who is not in custody, will be issued a summons to juvenile court on charges of leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

The incident happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Saturday near the intersection of Lawrence and Amesbury streets in Lawrence.

Janet Rosa, 45, of Lawrence, was initially transported to a local hospital and later airlifted to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Her family told NBC Boston she is suffering from bleeding in her brain and has multiple broken bones.

However, her family says she is making some progress and is able to move her hands and feet a little.

A witness told police the driver was speeding at the time of the crash.

At the time of the accident, Rosa was crossing the street to buy scratch tickets, something her son Christian Sabater said she did routinely. 

"She's a very caring person," Sabater said. "Even when she's going through her own problems, she would go out of her way to take care of you." 

Rosa's family returned to her bedside Monday.

"It's not fair, not fair at all," said one family member.

Her family plans to hold a private vigil for her on Monday night.

It is not clear when the teen will appear in court.

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