Shirley Man Arraigned For Fatal October Crash In Leominster

LEOMINSTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Shirley man was arraigned in Leominster District Court Tuesday in connection with an October fatal crash that resulted in the death of a 16-year-old girl, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.

Christopher Filz, 19, was arraigned on charges of motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation, motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, speeding and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

On Oct. 6, 2022 at around 7:10 p.m., Massachusetts State Police Troopers at the Leominster Barracks responded to a call of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 190 north in Leominster. Authorities arrived on scene to find a 2001 Ford Mustang off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle went over an embankment and rolled over.

Filz was the driver of the Mustang, which had three passengers inside. One of the passengers, Krystal Mello, 16, of Ayer, died as a result of the crash.

An 18-year-old male from Bolton and a 16-year-old girl from Shirley were both injured and taken to a Worcester hospital.

Filz was ordered not to drive and to have no contact with witnesses and the family of the victim. He is due back in court on Jan. 5.

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