Articles Posted in Motor Vehicle Homicide

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Inez Digiovanni, 29, of Harwich, was arrested yesterday on several Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Charges after allegedly running a stop sign and striking and Dorothy Kuczinski, 91, of Dennis. Inez Digiovanni is reported to be charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Driving to Endanger.

According to the Yarmouth Police Department, Inez Digiovanni was allegedly driving her husbands truck at 11:30 a.m. Friday morning and did not come to stop prior to going through an intersection. The truck then allegedly struck Kuczinski’s car. Dorothy Kuczinski was eventually flown to Boston Medical Center, where she later died from her injuries.

According to police, Inez Digiovanni reportedly did not have a valid Massachusetts Driver’s License, and for that reason, her husband, Charles Digiovanni, will also be charged with Permitting an Unlicensed Person to Operate his vehicle.

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Andrea Daley, 62, of Holliston, Massachusetts, will reportedly be charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide for striking and killing Wellesley doctor with her car.

According to police, Wellesley doctor Stanley Sabin, 74, was riding his bike in Millis Wednesday morning when Andrea Daley struck and killed him on Route 115. Although police allege that Daley was operating her vehicle in a negligent manner, Millis Police have stated that speed, alcohol and drugs are ‘not believed to be factors’ in this incident.

The crash, according to Millis Police, is still ‘under investigation.’

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Colin Ratiu, 24 of Boston, was arraigned yesterday morning in the Roxbury District Court on Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Crimes Charges, including Vehicular Homicide and Leaving the Scene of an Accident After Causing Death. He was held on $7,500 bail.

Ratiu is alleged to have struck and killed 24 year old Northeastern University graduate student Andrew Prior who was riding his scooter last November and dragged him 150 feet. According to the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Ratiu then allegedly left the scene of the accident.

After the November 14, 2010 crash, Boston homicide detectives reported witnesses told them a silver or grey sport utility vehicle fled from the scene. This past Thursday, Boston Police received an anonymous tip that the grey SUV involved in the accident had been driven by Ratiu. Police then located the SUV in Roslindale, which allegedly still had front-end damage on the right fender and windshield, and both front air bags had been deployed.

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Luis Gabriel Escalante, 22, was arraigned yesterday morning in the Chelsea Division of the Boston Municipal Court on Massachusetts Drunk Driving Charges.

Escalante was formally arraigned with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, Leaving the Scene of an Accident After Causing Death, and Motor Vehicle Homicide.

According to the Chelsea Police Department, Escalante allegedly struck and killed Julio Vaquerano this past December after driving while intoxicated with alcohol. Vaquerano was found suffering from major injuries in the area of Blossom and Maple Streets in Chelsea, and was pronounced at Massachusetts General Hospital. His injuries were reportedly consistent with being hit by a car.

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Jeremy Garnder, 29, was arraigned on Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Homicide Charges and Walter Smith was charged with DUI / Drunk Driving Charges in the car crash that killed Gregory Vilidnitsky, 57, in Framingham last September.

Both men were arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court this past week. Gardner was charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide, Leaving the Scene of an Accident After Causing Death, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Property Damage, and Operating Under the Influence, Second Offense.

Smith was also arraigned on the Drunk Driving Charge of Operating Under the Influence, Fourth Offense.

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Roberto Lopez, 33, of East Boston, pled Guilty today to several Crimes of Violence Charges for allegedly trying to run down his cheating girlfriend, along with the friend, with his car.

Lopez pled Guilty to two counts of Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, three counts of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault & Battery.

According to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, on June 1, 2010, Lopez allegedly spotted his girlfriend, Vilma Rosales, along with her ‘other boyfriend’, Edwin Pineda, near the area of Union Street in Lynn, Massachusetts, and ran them down with his car.

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Robert Bryant, 50, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was arraigned and charged with Drunk Driving Charges and Motor Vehicle Homicide for striking and killing Cynthia Anne Ray.

According to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, Ray had gone to the Andover Massachusetts State Police barracks with her mother to file a motor vehicle crash report that involved her husband earlier in the day. As she left the State Police station and headed towards her car, she was struck by a pickup truck. Her mother, not realizing what had happened, ran inside the police station to report that accident. Only when State Police officers responded outside did she discover that it was her daughter that had been struck.

Cynthia Anne Ray was taken to Lawrence General Hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

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Mary Huot, of Fall River, Massachusetts, is charged with Assault with Intent to Murder for allegedly driving her car into a large crowd of people.

The incident occurred last Sunday morning when Huot allegedly drove into the crowd, which resulted in injuries to three young women. According to New Bedford Police, a witness told them Huot laughed as she drove her car over the curb and gunned the gas at several people standing on the grass. Huot then allegedly left the scene of the incident.

In addition to Assault with Intent to Murder charges, Huot was also charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Personal Injury, and Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. She is expected back in court this Monday for a Dangerousness Hearing.

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Theary Chan, 26, of Lowell, Massachusetts, was arraigned this morning in Lowell District Court on Drunk Driving Charges in connection with the death of Sgt. Patrick Johnson, an off-duty Lowell Police Officer who was struck and killed early Saturday morning.

Middlesex County Prosecutors allege that Chan was was driving drunk when his vehicle blew a stop sign and struck Johnson, was was riding his motorcycle at the intersection of Princeton Boulevard and Foster Street in Lowell.

Chan was arraigned for DUI / Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol and related Drunk Driving charges and bail was set at $5,000. As a result of the Chan allegedly causing the death of another, he could also be prosecuted for Vehicular Homicide.

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Nathan Delaplain-Zook, 18, of Norwell, Massachusetts, was arrested for allegedly running over three teenage girls and then a teenage boy after trying to leave the scene. The May 3rd incident, at about 4:00 p.m., occurred in a condominium parking lot where a planned fight was supposed to take place between Norwell and Rockland teens.

Delaplain-Zook was arraigned this morning in Hingham District Court with three counts of Attempted Murder and two counts of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. He was held without bail after a Mental Health Evaluation by Dr. Jody Shapiro, the court’s mental health expert.