Below is a press release from the Wilmington Police Department, followed by an update based on reporting from Boston news stations:
WPD PRESS RELEASE: Billerica Woman Arrested in Connection With Serious Hit & Run Crash
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Detectives have arrested 52 year old Karen Haught of Billerica in connection with a hit and run crash that caused serious bodily injury to a Wilmington woman.
Wednesday morning, Wilmington Police received a report of a woman struck by a car on Nichols Street near the Billerica and Tewksbury line. The victim sustained serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. Wilmington Police, in conjunction with the Massachusetts State Police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, immediately began an investigation. Throughout the day, the Department received numerous tips from citizens regarding the crash.
One of those tips lead to the discovery of a 2014 Hyundai Elantra with damage consistent with a crash involving a pedestrian. Yesterday evening, Haught was taken into custody at her residence without incident.
Chief Joseph Desmond stated: “I am proud of the incredible work done by the members of my Department with help by the community. We know this arrest cannot take away the physical and emotional pain of the victim and her family, but we hope it can help by holding someone accountable for what never should have happened.”
We additionally want to thank the Massachusetts State Police, the Billerica Police Department, and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office for their invaluable assistance in the investigation. We especially want to thank the many citizens that provided tips that lead to an arrest.
Haught is being charged with Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Personal Injury, Operating With a Revoked Drivers License, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Marked Lane Violation. She was arraigned at Woburn District Court on Wednesday. No further information will be released. Any questions will be referred to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
UPDATE: WCVB Reports Haught Is Being Held On $5,000 Bail, Was On Parole At Time Of Crash, & Admits To Daily Drug Use
According to reporting from WCVB, the suspect’s daughter spoke at her mother’s court appearance in Woburn District Court on Thursday, claiming her mother has struggled with drug addiction; uses fentanyl and cocaine; has attempted unsuccessfully to receive treatment; was on parole at the time of the crash; and should be considered a danger.
The court’s social worker argued that Haught was an imminent danger to herself and the greater community.
“I was also able to speak to the respondent who tells me that she’s been using about 3 grams of cocaine and 3 grams of fentanyl daily for the past year. She tells me that her last use for both was (Wednesday),” the social worker reportedly told the court. The clerk reportedly added that Haught was unsure if she was under the influence at the time of the crash.
Haught was held on $5,000 bail and ordered to stay away from the victim. She was transferred to MCI Framingham.
“Obviously this person has a problem, and hopefully she gets the help that she desperately needs,” the victim’s husband told WCVB.
The victim — identified as Cathy Peters — suffered two broken femurs, internal injuries, and a concussion. She underwent six hours of surgery on Thursday.