SAUGUS — Chief Michael Ricciardelli reports that the Saugus Police Department is investigating with other agencies after a suspect in a convenience store robbery allegedly fled police and caused a head-on crash that killed another motorist.
At 10:49 a.m. today Saugus Police were dispatched to 7-Eleven, 386 Lincoln Ave., for a report of an unarmed robbery. While en route, a description of the suspect’s vehicle was relayed to officers, and a Saugus Police officer subsequently located the vehicle traveling east on Ballard Street.
The officer then attempted to stop the suspect, who fled and led the officer on a brief pursuit.Police immediately terminated the pursuit when the suspect turned onto Route 107 and began traveling south in the northbound lanes.
Approximately 1/2 mile south, the suspect’s vehicle collided with another vehicle. The operator of that vehicle, a 19-YEAR-OLD FEMALE, succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the crash. Her name is not being released at this time, pending the notification of her next of kin.
WILLIAM LEGER, AGE 35, OF SOMERVILLE was arrested on scene and transported to a local hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. Charges against him are currently being sought by Massachusetts State Police.
The incident remains under investigation by Massachusetts State Police, Saugus Police and the Essex District Attorney’s Office. All further inquiries should be directed to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.