Woman pleads not guilty to striking 4 children with her car


WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman charged with crashing her car into a group of children then driving away from the scene has pleaded not guilty.

Stephanie DeTomasi, of Burlington, was released on $1,000 bail after appearing in court Tuesday to face charges including leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and speeding.

Authorities say the 30-year-old DeTomasi was behind the wheel of a car that struck four children, all aged 12 and 13, as they stood with their bicycles near the driveway of a Stoneham home on Oct. 13.

The children were treated at the scene and two were taken to the hospital.

Prosecutors say DeTomasi brought her car to a friend’s home in Lynn, removed the license plates and hid it under a tarp.

She refused comment outside of court.

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