‘She was an awesome mother’

NORTH ANDOVER Thirty-five-year-old Jennifer Morse packed her two daughters in the back seat of her Honda Accord early Tuesday evening, then headed to her longtime friend Kristin Eldridge’s home in Haverhill. She never made it there. Driving a Honda Accord on the narrow and winding Great Pond Road near Lake Cochichewick, Morse collided head-on with a Chevrolet Silverado. She died at the scene.

Her daughters, Julliana, 5, and Lilliana, 10, were transported to Lawrence General Hospital with serious injuries, then moved to Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where they remained as of Wednesday afternoon, according to North Andover Police Department spokesman Lt. E.J. Foulds. The driver of the Silverado, who was taken to Lawrence General, has been released.

“I had spoken to her at around 4:30 p.m.,” said Eldridge, who attended Haverhill High School with Morse. “She said, ‘I’m going to head out in a little bit, get the girls together.’ I just never heard back from her.”

Less than an hour after that conversation, officers responded to multiple 911 calls about the Great Pond Road crash, for which the cause still is under investigation by the North Andover Police Department, with the assistance of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and state police assigned to the Essex District Attorney’s office. No charges will be brought forward, said Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney s office. Morse, 35, was born and raised in Haverhill, then a few years ago moved to Methuen, where her daughters attended school.

Last year, she moved to North Andover to care for her mother after she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, according to another friend, Renee De Leon.

“Her mom was just told she was cancer-free, not too long ago,” De Leon said, noting that Morse was her primary caretaker throughout. “They were all excited about that. She saved her mom’s life. She was there for her.”

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Eldridge said Morse was planning to move back to Methuen so her girls could return to the schools with which they are familiar.

Morse was planning to borrow Eldridge’s truck to transport some of her things Tuesday afternoon.

“Jen was one of a kind,” said Eldridge. “She was the best friend I’ve ever had. … She was honest with me, outgoing, vibrant, she was an awesome mother. … She was my rock.”

De Leon set up an online fundraiser for the family through a GoFundMe website Wednesday and opened a TD Bank account titled Jennifer Morse Memorial Fund.

“I want to make sure they have everything they need,” she said, referring to Morse’s family, “I don’t want anybody to have to worry about coming up with the money.”

Michael Amill, the girls’ father, could not be reached for comment.



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