MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — A 19-year-old from South Windsor is facing a list of charges after police say she was high and behind the wheel in a crash that killed two people.
Sara Ballard plead not guilty in court Thursday.
Friends say they were going to get speakers for music over Memorial weekend and then head back to a party. It would be a drive that would kill two teens and now another teen is charged with their deaths.
"Was her foot on the gas pedal?" asked a crowd outside of court. "She's guilty. Simple as that."
"I don't want to fight with you guys," said the defense attorney, Jim Sulick.
Some terse exchanges with the defense attorney and a long tearful hug outside Manchester Superior court.
"She was a wonderful kid, athletic, smart, beautiful, fun, laughing all the time," said Regina Agey, Brooke Wormstedt's aunt.
Family and friends held up a picture of 15-year-old Brooke Wormstedt. They demand justice.
"She killed two people. One of which was my niece that was a fabulous person. She deserves to go to jail," said Agey.
She's talking about 19-year-old Sara Ballard, police say she was behind the wheel on May 25th in South Windsor.
Police say Ballard smoked marijuana, then drove at least 80 miles per hour over a hill, which sent the car airborne for about 100 feet before it crashed into a tree.
Wormstedt died alongside 18-year-old Matthew Masse, two other passengers survived with injuries. Witnesses told police, Ballard said she killed her friends and she drove so fast because she gave into pressure.
"She took them deliberately over that bump so they could catch air," said Josephine Barnett, a grandmother.
"I'm not going to talk about the facts of the case I haven't even gotten a good review of the police reports or anything, way too early for that, only message I wanted to get out today is that we are extending our sympathies to the families," said Ballard's defense attorney, Jim Sulick.
She pleaded not guilty to two counts of 2nd degree manslaughter and two counts of 2nd degree assault.
"I think Sara's having a very tough time. She's 19. I don't want to say much more than that, because I want to be protective of her feelings," said Sulick.
The judge says Ballard can not drive a car and she's due back in court September 30th.
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