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Springfield driver in fatal fatal hit-and-run crash pleads not guilty

Twenty-five-year-old Mark Perez was arraigned Monday in connection with the crash Saturday morning that took the life of a 55-year-old Jeanne McLain of Westfield. McLain was a passenger in car driven by Dennis O’Connor, who survived.

Among the charges against Perez are leaving the scene of an accident, car theft and drug charges. He is held on $250,000 cash bail.

Police say the SUV Perez was driving was stolen, and when they followed a trail of auto fluids and parts to his home, they uncovered large amounts of cocaine and marijuana and packaging materials commonly used by drug dealers.

Two others are also facing drug charges.

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