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Sunday, December 31, 2006

A "great mother" dies in Framingham crash


Her next-door neighbors said Edilene Evangelista had so much to live for. A beautiful young daughter, a dental degree, a friendly husband, and a new home the hard-working couple spent the past year fixing up.

But the 31-year-old mother died yesterday afternoon, less than a mile from her home, when she lost control of her Jeep Grand Cherokee on an icy, steep curve. The vehicle jumped the curb, flipped over and landed on its roof next to a house on Carter Drive, police said. Evangelista, the sole occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"She's a great mother, very friendly," said Phil Makkas, who lives next door to the Evangelistas.

"They are a success story," added Makkas's daughter, Angela.

The neighbors said Evangelista had a dental degree from her home country of Brazil but was attending Tufts Medical School to get certified in the United States. Her husband, Sirlei, 34, started his own painting company and was successful, they said.

The couple bought the run-down house next door to the Makkases a year ago and transformed it into a welcoming, well-manicured home, the neighbors said. A man who answered the door at Evangelista's house last night said he was too upset to speak.

A couple who lives across the street from where Evangelista's Jeep went off the road said that stretch of Carter Drive has seen its share of accidents.

-- Kay Lazar and Nathan Hurst

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