Driver accused in deadly crash pleads not guilty - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Driver accused in deadly crash pleads not guilty

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The driver of an SUV, that slammed into a tree on Abbe Road, in South Windsor, in May, appeared in court Thursday, to answer to charges.

Police said 19-year-old Sara Ballard, of South Windsor, was traveling in excess of 80 mph, when the vehicle left the roadway. 

Two passengers in Ballard's vehicle, 15-year-old Brook Wormstedt of East Windsor and 18-year-old Matthew Masse of Vernon, were killed in the crash.

Two other passengers in the vehicle suffered injuries, as well.

According to police, Ballard had smoked marijuana at the time of the crash, in addition to speeding.

"She did something irresponsible, and it was her fault," said Sam Frazier, who was the girlfriend of Masse. "And she will get what she deserves."

Ballard is charged with two counts of manslaughter with a motor vehicle, two counts of assault in the second degree and reckless driving, in addition to driving under the influence.

After pleading not guilty to those charges, Ballard's case was continued to a later date.

"Of course she should go to jail, absolutely. She killed two people. One was my niece, who was a fabulous person," said Regina Agey, who was Wormstedt's aunt. "It wasn't like this was an accident."

Court documents revealed Ballard was trying to catch air, when she sped up over a bump at the top of the hill. Something she had done once successfully, and was trying to do it again, when the crash occurred.

Ballard and her family left court quickly, and did not comment to Eyewitness News.

"This is a horrible case. The worst I have responded to," said Ballard's attorney, James Sulick. "Our sympathies go out to the families."

The families of victims told Eyewitness News they want more than sympathy, and wish their children never got in the car.

Police said Ballard told them, the teenagers in the car egged her on, and told her to do it again.

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