(Springfield, MA) — A Springfield man has pleaded not guilty to motor vehicle homicide after an early Sunday hit-and-run in the center of Holyoke. Police say 21-year-old Jonathan Lopez ran a red light in a Cadillac, slammed into a Honda Civic, then fled from the scene. Moira Murphy and Brian Callahan were killed, and two other passengers in the Honda were injured. Lopez is held on 40-thousand-dollars cash bail. He’s already on pre-trial probation on two separate assault and battery cases.
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