The driver of an SUV that veered off a road in Revere on Sunday evening, fatally striking a 5-year-old girl, critically injuring an infant, and hospitalizing three other pedestrians, was ordered held on $10,000 bail Monday in Chelsea District Court.
Autumn Harris, 42, of Beacon Hill, was arraigned on charges of motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. She was ordered by the court to remain drug and alcohol free if she posts bail, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s office.
Authorities say Harris was operating a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox on Route 145 just before 5 p.m. on Sunday when she drove off the road near North Shore Road, striking a group of five pedestrians — the 5-year-old girl, the infant, two adult women, and a toddler — who were waiting on the sidewalk inside the median strip to use a crosswalk.
“The resulting impact projected the victims and scattered debris throughout the grass median,” state police said.
The 5-year-old girl was determined to be deceased at the scene by first responders, according to police. The DA’s office identified the child on Monday as Adrianna Mejia-Rivera.
“There are no words to describe our sorrow for this innocent child and her family,” Suffolk District Attorney John Pappas said in a statement. “We will follow the evidence wherever it leads and we will do our level best to speak on their behalf in the wake of this devastating tragedy.”
The infant, a 2-month-old girl, suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash and remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to authorities. The third child — a 2-year-old — a 27-year-old woman, and a second woman whose age was not given were treated at the hospital for minor injuries.
A passenger in the vehicle with Harris, a 30-year-old woman, was also transported with minor injuries.
According to the DA’s office, after the crash, Harris was arrested and taken to the state police barracks in Revere where she gave a statement.
“She allegedly stated 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 yesterday,” the DA’s office said. “She allegedly stated the she had vaped CBD oil in the vehicle and that she might have nodded off at the wheel.”
Investigators have a search warrant for a blood sample and her phone to help determine whether she was impaired or distracted at the time of the crash, according to authorities. The crash remains under investigation. Harris is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 10.