Hanson: 21-yr-old woman charged with motor vehicle homicide held on $5,000 cash bail

Authorities say Sara Sansone of Hanson was under the influence of heroin when she struck and killed an 18-year-old pedestrian early Tuesday morning.

Sansone was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Plymouth District Court and Judge Rosemary Minehan ordered that she be held on $5,000 cash bail.

The 21-year-old was allegedly the operator of a white Volkswagen Jetta that hit Aron Langlais of Hanson. According to Assistant District Attorney Josh Gedraitis, Langlais was walking on Main Street in Hanson several feet away from the white fog line when he was struck less than a mile away from his house.

Gedraitis said in court that Sansone told police she was texting a friend and reaching for a lighter as her vehicle veered off the road. She also confessed that she was recently released from a detox program for heroin use and relapsed the day before. Her family and friends told authorities that they believe Sansone was driving home from a heroin dealer’s house in Quincy.

Along with motor vehicle homicide, Sansone has been charged with operating under the influence of drugs causing serious bodily injury.

If she does make bail, she has to wear a GPS monitor and not leave her house.

She’s due back in court August 8th.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.