MEDFORD (CBS) — A teenager has been charged with drugged driving in a fatal crash in Medford that also killed a dog and left two other people seriously hurt.
The 17-year-old driver was under the influence of a drug while he was driving a Toyota RAV4 down Spring Street Sunday afternoon and ran down a woman, investigators said Monday. He has not been identified because of his age.
The woman, 64-year-old Judith Moses of Brookline, died at the scene.
Police say the teen continued driving and hit two more people and their dog before crashing into the side of a Citizens Bank on Yeomans Avenue. The dog died. The 28-year-old woman and 27-year-old man were rushed to a hospital in Boston with serious injuries. Their names have not been made public.
The driver was taken into custody and was examined by a “drug recognition expert” who determined the teen was “allegedly operating under the influence of a drug,” the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. They did not name the drug.
The teen, who only had a learner’s permit, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident causing death, operating to endanger and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was arraigned Monday in Cambridge Juvenile Court.
Moses ran her own realty company in Newton Centre. Her friend Verner Moore told WBZ she and her husband Charlie adored their three dogs.
Verner says Judy was in Medford on business when she was killed
“This is really a tearjerker for me,” Moore said. “She was in Medford showing a house and then when she finished she walked over to Spring Street because her father grew up on Spring Street and she wanted to see where her father lived.”
Flowers, candles and notes of support have been placed at the crash site by several people paying their respects to the victims.