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Methuen, Massachusetts — An Essex County Grand Jury handed up an indictment today in the September 7th fatal hit and run case in Methuen.
Steven Toro, 22, of Lawrence was indicted for Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury, Death Resulting. He is expected to be arraigned in Salem Superior Court in the near future.
On September 7th at approximately 9:35 pm, an 11-year old girl was crossing Broadway in Methuen with her stepfather when she was struck by a black Nissan Sentra, allegedly operated by the defendant. The defendant did not stop and the victim was transported to Lawrence General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Two days later, the Methuen Police arrested the defendant, after learning that he had been driving the Nissan Sentra that evening. The defendant was arraigned in Lawrence District Court on September 11th where Judge Lynn Rooney set bail at $50,000.
The subsequent investigation, which included a crash re-enactment by Massachusetts State Police and Methuen Police, concluded that the collision was unavoidable.
Essex Assistant District Attorney AJ Camelio is prosecuting the case. The defendant, who is presumed innocent until proven guilty, is represented by Attorney Stephen Wright.