BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A man who allegedly caused a fatal wrong-way crash after a robbery getaway was held without bail at his arraignment Thursday.
William Leger, 35, is suspected to have driven the wrong way down Route 107, eventually hitting Ashley Forward's, 19, car head-on.
The Somerville man is accused of robbing a 7-Eleven prior to the crash.
During his arraignment with Lynn District Court, which prosecutors said he did over video call from his hospital bed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Leger pleaded not guilty for the following charges: Motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation, unarmed robbery, receiving a stolen vehicle (subsequent offense), operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license (subsequent offense), marked lanes violation, speeding, and driving the wrong way on a state highway.
Judge Robert Murphy Jr. ordered Leger held without bail pending a hearing for dangerousness—which will take place June 17.
Forward, of Lynn, died at the scene. Leger is facing non-life threatening injuries.
“Ashley was a loving and caring young girl that was taken from her family at a young age in a horrifying accident,” the GoFundMe page reads. “She wanted to be a nurse to help people in need. In a blink of a eye that dream was taken and the family now struggles with grief and worries of properly laying Ashley to rest. Please help me by helping the family say farewell to a 19 year old girl that meant the world to them.”
So far, over $11,000 have been raised for her funeral.