Judge allows some charges to be dropped against Kendra Lara in crash case

BOSTON — Boston City Councilor Kendra Lara, who is accused of crashing her car into a home in Jamaica Plain while driving with a revoked license, had three of the nine charges she was facing thrown out by a judge Friday.

Prosecutors agreed to drop the charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, injury to a child while driving and speeding.

Lara has pleaded not guilty to charges of operating negligently so as to endanger, recklessly permitting bodily injury to a child under 14, driving a car with a suspended license, and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

Lara was driving more than double the 25 mph speed limit, according to police. Investigators also said that her 7-year-old son was not adequately restrained in a booster seat, and he had to go to the hospital with injuries.

In the weeks after the crash, Boston police released bodycam footage showing the aftermath.

Four lengthy videos feature officers speaking with Lara in the moments after the crash and an interview with a man who claimed the councilor was driving “like a bat out of hell” before she struck a house on Centre Street on June 30.

Lara has not held a valid driver’s license since 2013, yet she “regularly” drove to work at Boston City Hall, a city spokesperson previously told Boston 25.

During a news conference in September, Lara blasted the investigation into the car crash and the public has been misled.

In August, a special prosecutor was appointed in the criminal case. The decision by the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office to appoint a special prosecutor from the Worcester District Attorney’s Office came as Lara’s defense team made it clear that they would push to get the charges against her dismissed.

Also in August, Elections Commission members ruled against residents challenging Lara’s place of residency.

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

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