South Boston teen charged in fatal hit and run
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A young driver is saying sorry tonight after she's accused of hitting and killing a 63-year-old woman in the south end and then driving away.
The victim’s family isn’t accepting her apology yet though.
“When you hit a human being or even an animal, you need to stop. Okay. You need to stop and see if this person is okay,” Keyanna Williams, the victim’s niece, said.
An emotional and draining day for the family of a beloved grandmother killed as she crossed the street last night.
“Right in front of her apartment. She was on her way home. It's very tragic. It really is,” Williams said.
Boston police arrested 21-year-old Christina Martinez after witnesses wrote down her license plate according to prosecutors. Detectives found her car and Martinez herself at this triple-decker in Dorchester.
“The defendant answered the door. She stated, ‘I know why you're here. I panicked,’ “prosecuting attorney Jennifer O’Keefe said.
Martinez, who made bail and left the court without saying anything, was charged with motor vehicle homicide, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and failing to wear her glasses while driving as required by her license.
“It was a tragic and unfortunate accident, and they certainly understand the gravity of the situation and of the loss to the family here, and they're deeply, deeply sorry,” defense attorney Scott Gediman said.
“Have some empathy in your heart so that we know it's unfair. If they have to come find you, there is no empathy and there is no sympathy,” Williams said.
Police say they have her Toyota with a smashed windshield and damage to the front end.