How the Route 107 Saugus car crash caused the death of 19-year-old Ashley Forward

More than 100 people gathered for a candlelight vigil for 19-year-old Ashley Forward, the woman killed in a fatal wrong-way car accident on Route 107, Saugus as a robber attempted to flee police. The accident occurred on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Massachusetts.

At about 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, Ashley Forward was driving home to get her Target work uniform, according to her mother, Michele Luongo. At the same time, William Leger, 35, of Somerville, was staging a robbery at a 7-Eleven on Lincoln Avenue.

Police were called to the 7-Eleven and an officer spotted a vehicle on Ballard Street that fit the description of the reported robbery car. The Saugus officer attempted to stop the vehicle but Leger sped onto Route 107, driving south in northbound lanes.

Moments later, the fleeing robber crashed head-on with the vehicle driven by Ashley Forward, killing her on the spot. Leger escaped the accident with minor injuries and was placed under arrest.

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