SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A grand jury in Springfield has returned an indictment on four counts of manslaughter for a man who prosecutors say crashed a stolen SUV while trying to get away from police; killing his four passengers.
Jim Leydon, spokesperson for the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, told 22News that Aaron Thorne of New Haven, Connecticut was also indicted on one count each of receiving a stolen motor vehicle and one count of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Andrew Savage, Katrina Lee Maisonet-Jones, Cassidy Spence, and Adrianna Hernandez died as a result of the January 17 crash on Union Street.
Leydon says that after 8:00 that night, patrolling state troopers began to approach the Jeep Grand Cherokee Thorne was driving when they saw the vehicle idling on Ridgewood Place. As they approached, Thorne allegedly sped off.
Police lost sight of the Jeep, but found it about 1/3 of a mile away off Union Street. Crash investigators determined that the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed, and had become airborne at the intersection of Union and Maple Streets, before crashing into a tree.
Thorne’s attorney has disputed the evidence that he was the driver.
Thorne was the sole survivor of the crash, and suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident. He was first arraigned from his hospital bed in mid-February.
The Jeep involved in the crash had been reported stolen out of Milford, Connecticut.