Springfield police have made an arrest in connection with the hit-and-run accident that left a 19-year-old pregnant mother dead and her young daughter seriously injured.
Ashley Ballester was pushing her soon-to-be, 2-year-old daughter, Lailiani, across Sumner Avenue on Friday when she was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.
"When the victim was crossing the street he struck her and then fled the scene. The baby went to the tree belt and landed there, suffering from very bad injuries," Sgt. John Delaney said.
Police said Monday morning Michael Wingfield turned himself in for the crime.
Wingfield was allegedly driving a car that did not belong to him with a revoked license. The owner of the car told police that shortly after the accident Wingfield returned the car keys and said that he hit someone on Sumner Avenue, then fled in a taxi.
Monday flowers, candles and stuffed animals remain at the scene of the accident. And members of the community are mourning the loss of the 19-year-old mother.
"The mother didn't deserve that. The child didn't deserve that," said Springfield resident, Raymond Owens.
After Wingfield allegedly hit Ballester, another driver ran her over as well. Police said that driver will not face any charges.
Wingfield is expected to be arraigned Tuesday morning. He is facing a variety of charges including motor vehicle homicide, negligent operation and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.
Police said more charges could be filed because Ballester was pregnant at the time of the accident.
Lailiani remains in intensive care at Baystate Medical Center.
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