The driver accused of hitting a woman and dragging her by a vehicle for miles through Boston faced a judge Monday as her alleged victim fights for her life.
The accused driver, Xiao Ying Zhou, wore a coat over her head in a Boston courtroom during her arraignment on two counts of leaving the scene of an accident and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
The 44-year-old married massage therapist from Sandwich, Massachusetts, was arrested for allegedly running over a 56-year-old man and 48-year-old woman in Chinatown, then dragging the woman under her SUV three miles. The woman drove down I-93 South to Columbia Road in Dorchester before finally getting out of the car.
The prosecutor said the suspect got out of the car, saw the victim underneath, and then "gassed" it away at very high speeds.
The prosecutor added that the victim lost both of her arms in the accident.
"Multiple eyewitnesses did see the victim's legs poking out from the car during the defendants path of flight," prosecutor Kristina Kerwin said.
The court-appointed defense attorney says the suspect "wasn't aware" that she dragged the woman three miles. Her defense attorney also says she's not a U.S. citizen but has been in the country for 10 years.
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Her driving record, obtained by necn, shows she's only had a license for five months. The state has now moved to revoke it.
Her defense attorney also says she has a criminal history but won't say for what.
Zhou was also sent to Boston Medical Center for scrapes on her hand and injuries to her shoulder. The judge has agreed that blood samples, if taken, will be reviewed for evidence.
The male victim is in stable condition.
The judge says she's indignant and cannot afford the $5,000 cash bail. If Zhou makes the $5,000 bail, she has to stay away from victims and cannot drive.
She's due back in court on February 26th.