WOBURN (CBS) – The woman accused of crashing into four children in Stoneham and driving away tried to hide her car and remove the license plate, prosecutors said Tuesday. A judge set Stephanie DeTomasi’s bail at $1,000 and told her not to drive.

The incident that happened on Oct. 13 was captured on surveillance camera. Video shows the children, ages 12 and 13, standing with their bikes in front of a home when a car plows into them. They did not suffer serious injuries, but two had to be hospitalized.

Surveillance video showed the children hit by the car in Stoneham. (Image credit: James McKinnon)

It took police several days to identify DeTomasi, of Burlington, as the owner of the Subaru Legacy believed to be involved in the crash. Prosecutors said the 30-year-old hid her car in Lynn under a tarp and ripped off the license plate. They also detailed a series of motor vehicle and drug violations against her.

“She drove to the point where she was dragging the bike, attempted to reverse and then had to make a significant effort to flee the scene,” a prosecutor said in Woburn District Court.

DeTomasi’s lawyer said that drugs and alcohol were not a factor.

The injured children appeared in court Tuesday with their parents, saying they wanted to see her face-to-face.

“We left it up to them. They’re 13, they’ve been through a very traumatic experience, so they all decided together they wanted to be here,” parent Massimo Guarino said outside court Tuesday. “I’m very proud of them.”

The judge ordered DeTomasi to stay away from the victims. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Nov. 26. She’s charged with leaving the scene of personal injury, leaving the scene of property damage, destruction of evidence, negligent operation, and speeding.


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