A woman accused of killing a Massachusetts police officer's mother in a fatal crash involving multiple vehicles in Brockton, Massachusetts, allegedly told police she was calling her drug dealer because she was "dope sick" just moments before hitting the victim's SUV.
Thirty-three-year-old Danielle Mastro of Pembroke faced a judge Wednesday morning on multiple charges, including motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene after a fatal motor vehicle crash. She was ordered to be held on $50,000 bail.
The Plymouth District Attorney's office identified the woman killed in the Quincy Street crash on Tuesday as Deborah Combra. In a statement, Whitman Police Chief Scott D. Benton said she was the mother of Whitman auxiliary officer Michael Combra.
Authorities in Brockton say the crash happened after an Audi driven by Mastro rear-ended the SUV driven by Deborah Combra, which then crashed into the front of a dump truck, causing the truck to roll over. The force of the impact ejected Combra from her SUV, killing her.
Mastro then allegedly left the scene but was taken into custody a short time later. She told investigators she was calling her drug dealer because she was "dope sick" and needed a fix when she hit Cambra's SUV, according to court documents.
Court documents also reveal Mastro's mother had called police after she had allegedly taken her mother's car, which resulted in Mastro trying to elude officers before the fatal crash.
Several others, including Combra's passenger, were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries; however, their current condition is unknown.
Combra's husband said his wife was a beautiful person and what happened hadn't sunk in yet.
Other family members who were also in shock said Combra was a loving person.
"She's just always been loveable. Always lovable," said her uncle Eddie Rose.
"She was kind and she always had a good sense of humor," said aunt Rena Rose.
Family said Combra was getting ready for her son's upcoming wedding on the Vineyard and was eyeing retire in a few years.
"We gotta pull through. whatever it takes, and there's a lot to do, but we'll pull through," said Combra's brother-in-law, Kirk Galvin.
Mastro is due back in court on Nov. 1.