SAUGUS, Mass .– A 19-year-old was killed in a frontal crash in Saugus on Wednesday afternoon.
Saugus Police were called to 7-Eleven on Lincoln Avenue at 10:49 a.m. Wednesday with a report of an armed robbery.
Along the way, police were alerted to the location of the suspect who was heading east on Ballard Street.
Police attempted to arrest the suspect, who took off, leading to a brief chase. Police said they ended the chase when the suspect took Route 107 and started heading south in the northbound lanes.
About half a mile down the road, the suspect slammed into another vehicle, killing 19-year-old Ashley Forward from Lynn.
Police arrested the suspect, William Leger, 35, of Somerville.
The charges will come from the mass state police.
Forward family members say she was on her way from her boyfriend’s house to pick up her uniform to start her shift at Target when she was punched and killed just three miles from the front door from his family.
“She was important to me and she taught me to be a brave girl,” said Jillian, Ashley’s 10-year-old sister.
Forward wanted to be a nurse after graduating from Emmanuel College, his family said.
She was a relatively new driver who got her license in April 2021.
The incident is under investigation by the prosecutor’s office, state police and Saugus police.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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