Woman charged in double-fatal crash deemed dangerous

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TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — An Easton woman has been ordered held without bail after allegedly causing a head-on crash that killed an elderly couple earlier this month.

In a dangerousness hearing on Tuesday, the judge deemed Sherri Vazquez dangerous and ordered her to remain behind bars until her next hearing scheduled for June 27.

According to prosecutors, an Easton police officer started pursuing Vazquez’s SUV after seeing her driving erratically down Route 138.

Vazquez, 33, was driving at a high rate of speed when her SUV collided with another car that was trying to turn right onto Purchase Street, prosecutors said.

One of the victims, 77-year-old Virginia Masefield, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, 79-year-old John Masefield, was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

The officer reported Vazquez was “frantic” at the scene and only wearing a sports bra and jeans.

As the officer began to help the victims, prosecutors said Vazquez walked away and eyewitnesses told police she tried to hop into the passenger’s seat of a vehicle down the road from the crash.

Vazquez was found in West Bridgewater and subsequently arrested before being transported to the hospital for evaluation.

She’s since pleaded not guilty to two counts of manslaughter.

Vazquez has a criminal record, according to prosecutors, but hasn’t had any infractions in the past few years. Her boyfriend and neighbors reported she had been acting erratically as of late.

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