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Man indicted for wrong-way Saugus crash that killed 19-year-old nursing student

Ashley Forward was pronounced dead at the scene of the June crash.

Ashley Forward of Saugus was killed in a wrong-way crash in June. Courtesy Photo


Saugus Crash:

A man was indicted by an Essex County grand jury Wednesday on charges of murder, manslaughter, motor vehicle homicide and other offenses in connection to a wrong-way crash in June in Saugus that killed a teenage driver, officials said.

William Leger, 35, of Somerville was also charged with and unarmed robbery, including subsequent offenses for receiving a stolen motor vehicle and operating with a suspended license, the Essex district attorney’s office said in a statement.

On June 9 shortly before 11:00 a.m., Saugus police received a report of an unarmed robbery at a 7-Eleven on 386 Lincoln Ave. , the statement said. Police said they quickly spotted a car matching the suspect’s vehicle description traveling east on Ballard Street. Officers attempted to stop the car unsuccessfully, initiating a brief police pursuit, officials said. Police called off the pursuit when the suspect turned onto Route 107, driving south in the northbound lanes, according to the statement.

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Leger drove about half a mile until he collided head-on with another vehicle, driven by Ashley Forward, 17, of Lynn.

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