LEOMINSTER – A Leominster man was arraigned on Monday morning on one count of manslaughter in the death of Emilia Ortiz from a fatal crash that occurred on July 22, 2018.
According to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early’s office, Gregory McNally, 35, was arraigned in Leominster District Court. Bail was set at $50,000.
Conditions of McNally’s release include a stay away no contact from the victim’s family and friends, GPS with home confinement, drug and alcohol free with testing, and a mental health evaluation.
The case is continued to June 3.
As ThisWeekinWorcester.com reported on Sunday, May 12, a source familiar with the case said McNally — 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 2014 Nissan Rogue SUV.
McNally was interviewed by State Police on Thursday, arrested on Friday and Monday’s arraignment was subsequently scheduled. McNally’s arraignment is the result of a 10-month investigation by the State Police Detectives, Leominster Police and the Central Mass. Law Enforcement Council’s crash reconstruction unit.
According to reports, the crash happened around 10:30 PM on July 22 near 171 Johnny Appleseed Lane.
Following the crash, McNally 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.
Lead photo: Johnny Appleseed Lane sign in Leominster/Photo: Patrick Sargent for ThisWeekinWorcester.com
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