MEDFORD, Massachusetts — A 17-year-old boy accused of hitting three people with a car in Medford Sunday, killing 1 and leaving 2 hospitalized, was under the influence of a drug at the time of the crash, authorities said.
The boy, whose name has not been released, was driving in the area of Spring and Emerald streets about 4:49 p.m. when he struck and killed Judith Moses, 64, of Brookline, according to a spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s Office.
A preliminary investigation indicates the boy kept driving down Spring Street and hit two more people and a dog before slamming into a Citizens Bank on Yeoman’s Avenue, officials said. Those two people — a 27-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman — were hospitalized with serious injuries. Their dog was killed.
A drug recognition expert who responded to the scene determined the driver was under the influence of a drug, police said.
He was driving with a learner’s permit and had not yet obtained a driver’s license.
The suspect is expected to be arraigned Monday in Cambridge Juvenile Court.
The incident is being investigated by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, also by the Medford police and members of the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.