METHUEN – The young woman killed in Sunday’s early morning crash on Route 93 in Stoneham was identified by State Police as Ashleigh Baudin, 25, of Methuen.
Baudin grew up in Windham and graduated from Salem High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University and was employed as a customer service representative at Fidelity Investments in Merrimack, N.H., according to obituary information released yesterday.
Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the 3:30 a.m. accident, according to a preliminary investigation by State Police.
Meanwhile, Albert Vasquez, the man accused of driving into a cruiser and tow truck at the scene of the fatal crash, was arraigned yesterday in Woburn District Court. He is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation.
He was held on $10,000 cash bail and warned not to drive if he does make bail. He is due back in court on April 25 for a pretrial conference.
The passenger in Baudin’s car was an adult man from Medford. He was at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with serious injuries. His name has not been released by State Police.
The passenger in Vasquez’s car — Ariane Mahon, 27, of Brookline — remains at Lahey Clinic with minor injuries.
State Police said Baudin was driving a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle when it crashed into the rear of a box truck parked in the breakdown lane with its emergency flashers on.
Troopers said the Beetle was traveling southbound when, for reasons still under investigation, the car drifted into the breakdown lane and into the rear of the truck, trapping both the driver and a passenger.
Baudin was pronounced dead at the scene.
Crash debris was spread over the two right lanes and the breakdown lane after the accident and police shut down those lanes of travel.
Meanwhile, an empty marked cruiser was parked in the second travel lane from the right, with all its emergency lights activated. A tow truck was also parked nearby and all emergency vehicles were parked in a coned-off area, police said.
“Nonetheless, a passing Toyota Camry operated by (Vasquez) veered into the emergency set-up and struck the tow truck and then the cruiser,” according to a State Police report.
Baudin was an active member of St. Matthew Parish in Windham and belonged to a women’s Bible study group at the church. She is survived by her mother, Genevieve Baudin of Salem and father Kevin Baudin of Pelham, and siblings Kevin Baudin Jr. and Ryann Baudin, both of Salem, according to obituary information.
Her funeral arrangements are being handled by the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home of Salem.