Massachusetts woman indicted for drunk driving fatality

A Burlington woman has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of felony motor vehicle homicide, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office. The woman was the driver of a vehicle involved in a car crash that killed her passenger and injured several others. The woman’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, according to prosecutors.

The fatal car accident took place on May 14 when the woman was driving along Route 128 in Lexington. Police responding to the crash found the woman behind the wheel of a badly damaged Pontiac Grand AM with the engine still running.

The officers noticed immediately that she had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, and that her eyes were bloodshot. Her speech was slurred when she responded to questions by officers.

According to the police, the front-seat passenger’s serious injuries were obvious, and the rear-seat passenger was injured, as well. All three occupants were transported to Lahey Clinic in Burlington for treatment, where the front-seat passenger was pronounced dead.

According to the car accident report, the Grand Am had swerved in front of a Buick, causing the vehicles to collide. The Buick’s front end was damaged and both occupants were injured.

Drunk driving is responsible for some of the worst car accidents in Massachusetts. When a driver’s blood alcohol level is over the legal limit, like this woman’s was at .019 percent, there is no question that it will substantially impair that driver’s judgment, vision and reaction time. Even a small amount of alcohol in your system can affect your capacity to drive safely should something unexpected occur. Remember, if you know you will be drinking, you have a duty to plan a sober ride.

Source: Boston.com, “Burlington woman indicted in fatal crash,” Daniel Adams, Aug. 24, 2011