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Date Set For Jury Trial of Waltham Woman in Hit-and-Run Death

Blanca Contreras is facing motor vehicle homicide charges in the death of a man who worked in Watertown.

Jury selection for the trial of a Waltham woman charged with motor vehicle homicide is set to begin on March 6, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office. 

Blanca Contreras, a 29-year-old Guatemalan woman in the country illegally, is charged with motor vehicle homicide in the November 2011 hit-and-run crash that killed Scott Coxall, 39, of Waltham, who worked at Stop & Shop in Watertown. Contreras' case is being handled at Waltham District Court.

Authorities say Contreras was driving the car that struck Coxall at the intersection of School and Church streets on Nov. 23, 2011 at around 6 p.m. The car fled the scene but police later arrested Contreras at her home. 

Contreras’s attorney later claimed her boyfriend, William Vasquez, was driving the car that struck Coxall, but the DA’s office says Contreras was the driver. In October of 2012, Vasquez pleaded not guilty to charges that he lied to authorities when he told them he was driving the car.

In April of 2012, a Waltham District Court judge ordered Contreras held in jail without bail pending the outcome of her case. However, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have said once Contreras’s criminal charges are adjudicated, ICE will start the process to deport her back to her home country of Guatemala. 

Full coverage of the case against Blanca Contreras.

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