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Second Child, A 2-Month-Old, Dies After SUV Crash In Revere

A 2-month-old infant has died after she was critically injured in a crash in Revere that also killed her sister, Suffolk County District Attorney John Pappas said Thursday.

The baby, Natasha Nicole Mejia-Rivera, and 5-year-old Adrianna Meija-Rivera were among a group of pedestrians when they were hit by an SUV driven by Autumn Harris, 42, of Beacon Hill, on Sunday just before 5 p.m., said the DA's office in a statement.

Adrianna died at the scene; Natasha had been treated in the pediatric intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital until Wednesday night, when she died.

At her arraignment Monday, Harris was held on $10,000 bail. Not guilty pleas to charges including motor vehicle homicide were entered on her behalf.

Authorities say the two little girls were with another child and two adult women on a grass median on Route 145 near North Shore Road when they were hit by Harris.

Harris later admitted to authorities that she had had one beer earlier that Sunday and that she had taken prescription and over-the-counter sleep medication the night before. She said she had only slept two hours before working all day and admitted she had vaped CBD oil in her car, and may have nodded off behind the wheel.

"Our priority right now is supporting a family who lost the center of their world in the blink of an eye," said Pappas. He said additional charges are likely to come.

Also Thursday, Middlesex County prosecutors confirmed a Boston Globe report that they attempted, in 2015, to prevent Harris from getting her driver's license back after her acquittal in a drunken driving case in Somerville District Court.

A judge denied that request. As the Globe reports: "State law allows a judge to reinstate a suspended license after a not-guilty finding in an OUI case."

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