Woman Held On Bail After Her Car Strikes Pedestrians In Revere, Killing A 5-Year-Old Girl

A woman who police say drove her SUV into a group of five pedestrians in Revere, killing a 5-year-old girl and critically injuring a 2-month-old girl, has been held on $10,000 bail.

Not guilty pleas to charges including motor vehicle homicide were entered on behalf of 42-year-old Autumn Harris, of Boston, at her arraignment in Chelsea District Court Monday.

Judge Matthew Machera also ordered Harris to remain drug- and alcohol-free if she posts bail.

Authorities say two adults and three children were on a grass median on Route 145 near North Shore Road at about 5 p.m. Sunday when they were struck by a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Harris.

The 5-year-old girl — Adrianna Mejia-Rivera — died at the scene. Two other children and two adults were also hurt. A passenger in the SUV, a 30-year-old woman from Boston, was hospitalized.

“There are no words to describe our sorrow for this innocent child and her family,” Suffolk County District Attorney John Pappas said in a statement.

According to the DA's statement, Harris "allegedly [told state police] that she had consumed one beer earlier in the afternoon, that she had taken prescription and over-the-counter medication to help her sleep the night before, and that she had only slept two hours before working all day [Sunday]. She allegedly stated the she had vaped CBD oil in the vehicle and that she might have nodded off at the wheel."

Harris' mother said her daughter's heart is broken and she is "obviously in shame."

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

This article was originally published on December 10, 2018.


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