Lawrence man charged in April fatal crash that killed mom of two

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Pedro Nieves, 29, of Lawrence, was arraigned in Lawrence District Court Thursday on charges related to the fatal drunk driving crash that killed 24-year-old Gabriela Hernandez, a mother of two.

The crash took place on April 29 at the intersection of South Union Street and Winthrop Avenue.

According to reports, responding police found a horrific site immediately after Nieves’ Acura crashed into a Honda Civic.

Hernandez was a passenger in the Civic, she was dead when police arrived.

In court, a prosecutor said the force of the crash destroyed the Acura and split the Honda into two pieces.

At the scene, police the three men who were in the Acura refused to reveal who was driving.

Nieves was found in the back seat, even though it was his car.

During the investigation, police found surveillance video of Nieves driving the Acura moments before the crash.

Later, police say, both of the other men in the car with Nieves admitted he was driving.

One of them said he and Nieves are racing fans. And he told police, he tried to get him to slow down, but Nieves hit the gas.

Police estimate the Acura hit a speed of 100 miles an hour immediately before the crash.

“He indicated that Mr. Nieves had been driving the Acura that evening,” Assistant District Attorney Sorina Puzzo told the court. “He saw Mr. Nieves step on it and went into, what he called, Demon Mode. He indicated he yelled at him to slow down, and he saw parties pass the red light, but at that time it was too late and the parties had crashed.”

At the scene, witnesses old police another passenger in Nieves’ car was offering people $1,000 for a ride away from the crash. When police asked him about it, he allegedly told police, he panicked.

Nieves is held without bail until a dangerousness hearing next week at Lawrence District Court.

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

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