85-year-old woman facing charges in hit-and-run crash that left Acton teen in coma

ACTON, Mass. — An 85-year-old woman has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left an Acton teen in a coma last year, authorities announced Wednesday.

Joan Hurley, of Maynard, is slated to be arraigned in March in Concord District Court on charges including leaving the scene of personal injury, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and crosswalk violation, according to the Acton Police Department.

Officers responding to a report of a crash involving a pedestrian in the area of Great Road and Harris Street on the evening of Nov. 2, 2022, found 13-year-old Cesar Soto Jr. suffering from serious injuries.

Soto, a student at RJ Grey Junior High School, was flown to a Boston hospital after the crash, where he underwent surgery. Just days before Christmas, he got to return home to family after completing a lengthy rehab stint at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

An investigation that included the collection video surveillance from nearby businesses ultimately ended with detectives obtaining a search warrant and they seized Hurley’s vehicle.

A criminal complaint charging Hurley in the crash was issued Wednesday out of Concord District Court.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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