Comfort dogs visit Peabody Elementary School after young girls were hit by a car


PEABODY – Five comfort dogs visited a Peabody elementary school on Monday, just days after two young girls were hit by a car and seriously injured while crossing the street.

Tess, 8, and Piper, 5, were crossing Lynn Street with their mother on Friday afternoon when all three were hit by the car. Piper was released from the hospital later that day, but Tess broke her leg and remained under observation longer.

Peabody Police said in social media posts that police departments in Gloucester, Wakefield, Salem and Hudson came together to bring the dogs to the Southern School.

Posted by Peabody Police Department on Monday, October 3, 2022

“These 5 officers and their comfort dogs spent time at school with students in each class,” police said.

The girls’ grandmother told WBZ-TV over the weekend that they are doing well “because they are strong little girls.”

The driver of the car, Ovidia Lopez-Esteban of Lynn, faced charges in court on Monday.




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