Driver in Fatal Leominster Crash to Be Arraigned for Manslaughter on Monday

by | May 13, 2019 | Headlines, News

WORCESTER – On July 22, 2018, Emilia Ortiz, 35, of Framingham died in a single-car crash on Johnny Appleseed Lane in Leominster.

On Monday, May 13, the driver of that vehicle will be arraigned on a manslaughter charge in Leominster.

 

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Johnny Appleseed Lane where the crash occurred in Leominster/Photo: Patrick Sargent for ThisWeekinWorcester.com

According to a source familiar with the case, the driver — who struck two trees and a fire hydrant in the crash that killed Ortiz — was going 87 mph in a 25 mph zone. He was operating a Nissan Rogue SUV.

The driver — whose name won’t be released until shortly before his arraignment — was interviewed again by police on Thursday and his arraignment date was subsequently scheduled.

 

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The turn where the driver lost control on Johnny Appleseed Lane in Leominster/Photo: Patrick Sargent for ThisWeekinWorcester.com

According to reports, the crash happened around 10:30 PM on July 22 near 171 Johnny Appleseed Lane.

The driver was treated at Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster and was then transferred to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

Oritz — who died at the hospital following the crash — was a mother of two and a certified nursing assistant.

Driver in Fatal Leominster Crash to Be Arraigned for Manslaughter on Monday 4

The trees and hydrant that were hit in front of 171 Johnny Appleseed Lane/ Photo: Patrick Sargent for ThisWeekinWorcester.com

 

Lead photo: Speed Limit sign on Johnny Appleseed Lane in Leominster/Photo: Patrick Sargent for ThisWeekinWorcester.com


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Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Previous to starting TWIW, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Before that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He can be contacted at [email protected]