Woman arrested in Milford hit-and-run that killed 4-year-old boy

MILFORD, MA (WHDH) - A woman was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a 4-year-old boy on Easter Sunday in Milford.

Melissa Knight, 54, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Newton. Police said a warrant for Knight’s arrest had been issued by Milford District Court.

Police said Knight was interviewed a few days after the crash and she told them her car had damage from striking a tree branch. She also allegedly lied about not washing her car to police. Police said DNA evidence on the car linked it to Jonathan Loja, the young boy who was killed.

Police said Knight initially stopped before taking off.

“That makes me angry, oh so angry that she would go to such lengths to protect herself,” said Dorene McDermott, a friend of Jonathan’s family.

Knight, of Milford, was charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash that resulted in death. She was also charged with misleading a police investigation.

Jonathan was struck just before 5 p.m. on April 16. Family members said he was from Framingham and was playing with other children in the yard of a home on Water Street after attending an Easter egg hunt.

Police said Knight continued on without stopping after hitting Jonathan, who was chasing after a toy he dropped in the street.

Knight is being held on $100,000 bail and will be arraigned on Friday.

A GoFundMe page has been set up in Loja’s honor.

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