The 19-year-old driver of a vehicle that claimed the lives of two teens last month has been charged with manslaughter, assault and operating under the influence.
On May 25, police said Sara Ballard, 19, of South Windsor, was traveling at a high rate of speed on Abbe Road, in excess of 80 mph, when her vehicle left the roadway and slammed into several trees.
Killed in the crash were 15-year-old Brooke Wormstedt, of East Windsor, and Matthew Masse, 18, who was a senior at an alternative high school and set to graduate.
Two others inside the vehicle at the time of the crash were seriously injured.
Ballard was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter, two counts of second-degree assault, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol and reckless driving.
Wormstedt's mother told Eyewitness News that another girl in the car told her that her daughter Brooke "kept yelling for Sara to slow down."
Megan Barnaby, 16, who survived the crash, and her mother is reacting to the arrest.
"I am fortunate and I am lucky," she said in a statement to WFSB.
Barnaby's mother went on to say my "daughter suffers every night" and that Ballard "made the decision on her own free will."
"No one forced her to do what she did," she said.
Many of the families whose children were in the car have hired attorneys. Eyewitness News reached out to the Ballard's lawyer James Sulick.
"Sara and her family recognize this is a tragedy for all the families," Sulick said in a statement. "Sara is having a great deal of difficulty with this and we are handling that appropriately."
She was released on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Manchester Superior Court on July 11.
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