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Leominster Man Arraigned for Vehicular Manslaughter Man Arraigned in Fatal 2018 Crash

May 15, 2019

LEOMINSTER — -- A 35-year-old city man who allegedly sped nearly 90 mph in a crash that killed a woman he was romantically involved with last July was charged with manslaughter Monday in District Court.

Gregory McNally, of 63 Weathervane Drive, was charged in connection to the July 22, 2018 crash on Johnny Appleseed Lane that killed Emilia Ortiz, 35, of Framingham.

He allegedly drove 86 mph “in an attempt to scare the victim” because she wanted to break up with him, said Worcester Assistant District Attorney Julieanne Karcasinas at McNally’s arraignment Monday.

The crash resulted in damages mostly to the passenger’s side of the car from when it crashed into a tree, Karcasinas said.

Initially, the incident appeared to be just a motor vehicle crash, the prosecutor said, but a 10-month investigation by state and local police revealed that McNally had a passenger in the car -- the victim -- and that he was speeding.

McNally told State Police that he argued with Ortiz and put his foot all the way down on the accelerator, according to court documents.

He also told State Police that he knew Ortiz wasn’t wearing a seat belt and that he had driven on Johnny Appleseed Lane before and knew about its turns and incline, the prosecutor said.

Karcasinas requested a $250,000 cash bail because McNally was previously involved with another car crash.

He is on probation for charges stemming from a June 2018 crash on Manning Avenue in Leominster in which he struck a retaining wall. Ortiz was in the car at the time of that crash too, according to court records.

McNally was charged with leaving the scene of property damage and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. In January, the case was continued without a finding until Jan. 21 2020, court records say.

His lawyer, Jennifer Currie, recommended a $50,000 cash bail -- which Judge Mark Noonan agreed to -- because McNally has no history of conviction or jail time.

McNally lives with his parents, has a job, and pays child support for a 15-year-old daughter, Currie said.

Noonan set McNally’s bail and agreed to terms the prosecutor offered. McNally was placed on house arrest with GPS monitoring, ordered stay away and have no contact with the victim’s family, and to remain alcohol and drug free.

His next appearance is a pre-trial hearing scheduled for June 3.

Contact Mina Corpuz at or @@mlcorpuz on Twitter

LEOMINSTER —A 35-year-old city man who allegedly sped nearly 90 mph in a crash that killed a woman he was romantically involved with last July was charged with manslaughter Monday in District Court.

Gregory McNally, of 63 Weathervane Drive, was charged in connection with the July 22, 2018, crash on Johnny Appleseed Lane that killed Emilia Ortiz, 35, of Framingham.

He allegedly drove 86 mph “in an attempt to scare the victim” because she wanted to break up with him, said Worcester Assistant District Attorney Julieanne Karcasinas at McNally’s arraignment Monday.

The crash resulted in damages mostly to the passenger’s side of the car from when it crashed into a tree, Karcasinas said.

McNally was charged after a 10-month investigation by state and local police.

McNally told State Police that he argued with Ortiz and put his foot all the way down on the accelerator, according to court documents.

He also told State Police that he knew Ortiz wasn’t wearing a seat belt and that he had driven on Johnny Appleseed Lane before and knew about its turns and incline, the prosecutor said.

Karcasinas requested a $250,000 cash bail because McNally was previously involved with another car crash.

He is on probation for charges stemming from a June 2018 crash on Manning Avenue in Leominster in which he struck a retaining wall. Ortiz was in the car at the time of that crash too, according to court records.

McNally was charged with leaving the scene of property damage and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. In January, the case was continued without a finding until Jan. 21 2020, court records say.

His lawyer, Jennifer Currie, recommended a $50,000 cash bail — which Judge Mark Noonan agreed to — because McNally has no history of conviction or jail time.

McNally lives with his parents, has a job, and pays child support for a 15-year-old daughter, Currie said.

Noonan set McNally’s bail and agreed to terms the prosecutor offered. McNally was placed on house arrest with GPS monitoring, ordered stay away and have no contact with the victim’s family, and to remain alcohol and drug free.

His next appearance is a pre-trial hearing scheduled for June 3.

Contact Mina Corpuz at or @mlcorpuz on Twitter