LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Police have charged a driver with manslaughter in connection with a crash in April that killed a 14-year-old Laconia Middle School student shortly after school was dismissed for the day.

The crash on April 19 killed Lilyanna Johnson and severely injured another student, 14-year-old Alyssa Miner.

The driver, 52-year-old Amy Lafond, also was accused Wednesday of negligent homicide, second-degree assault and other charges.

Authorities said Lafond had consumed drugs before the crash, but did specify what they were.

Lafond was charged with unlawful possession of prescription drugs.

Authorities said the difference between the manslaughter and negligent homicide charges is Lafond’s state of mind — whether it was reckless or negligent.

Lafond was being arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

It wasn’t immediately known if she had a lawyer.

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