Not guilty plea for suspected driver in deadly Springfield crash

Thorne's attorney has disputed evidence he was the driver of the car

Aaron Thorne is seen here during his June 7, 2017 arraignment at Hampden Superior Court in Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The alleged driver and sole survivor in a crash that killed four young people in Springfield has pleaded not guilty to four counts of manslaughter.

Sitting in a wheelchair and still wearing a hospital gown, 18 year-old Aaron Thorne of New Haven, Connecticut, was arraigned at Hampden Superior Court in Springfield Wednesday. He is charged  in connection to a deadly single-vehicle crash on Union Street January 17.

Adrianna Hernandez, Cassidy Spence and Katrina Lee Maisonet-Jones. (Photos provided by Central High School Principal Tad Tokarz)

Andrew Savage, Katrina Lee Maisonet-Jones, Cassidy Spence, and Adrianna Hernandez died as a result of the crash.

The Hampden County District Attorney’s Office said Thorne sped off when patrolling state troopers approached the stolen Jeep he was allegedly driving, and crashed into a tree at nearly 80 miles per hour.

Thorne’s attorney has disputed evidence he was the driver.

Thorne suffered a traumatic brain injury in the crash and was first arraigned from his hospital bed in February. The teen has also been indicted on one count of receiving a stolen motor vehicle and one count of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

At his superior court arraignment Wednesday, bail for Thorne was set at $100,000 cash. If he posts bail, he will not be allowed to drive, and not allowed to leave Massachusetts.

The next court date in the case is set for July 7.

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