, Gloucester, MA

June 20, 2013

Local woman, 67, killed in crash

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — A 67-year-old Gloucester woman was killed Tuesday afternoon in a single-car crash that remains under investigation.

Elizabeth Lafata was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The vehicle she was a passenger in “veered” off Interstate 395 in Oxford and struck a guardrail just after noon, state police said.

The car, a 2010 Nissan Maxima, according to police, was driven by Lafata’s husband, Peter Lafata, and was heading north on the interstate when it crashed just south of the Hugenot Street overpass.

Peter Lafata, 70, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester by ambulance after the crash. He had been discharged from the hospital by Wednesday.

State Police Troop C is investigating the cause of the crash with assistance from the state police collision analysis, crime scene, and reconstruction units.

The couple’s son is Mick Lafata, who owns building on Blackburn Drive that housed the defunct Gloucester Community Arts Charter School.

Funeral information for Elizabeth Lafata’s will appear in Friday’s Times.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3451, or