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Auto homicide charge for Newburyport man


A 35-year-old man from Newburyport was indicted on numerous charges by state police after a vehicle collision that occurred in September 2012. The man was driving a Toyota Corolla south on Interstate 495 when he crossed a central median and flew through the air into an oncoming Toyota Camry. The driver of the other vehicle, a 32-year-old man, was later pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The motorist who caused the accident sustained severe injuries that required surgical intervention.

State troopers involved in the investigation claim that the car accident was caused by negligence, although speed didn’t appear to play a role. Two other vehicles were also damaged in the crash, which took place in the afternoon near the Route 113 overpass. The police say that they charged the offending driver with negligent motor vehicle operation, impeded motor vehicle operation and marked-lanes violations. They also recovered text messages from his cellphone during a subsequent forensic investigation.

The driver of the vehicle who struck the victim did not comment through his attorney at the time of his arraignment. The deceased motorist was formerly the financial officer of a Haverhill firm owned by his family, and he was survived by a wife and an infant son.

Car accidents can result in severe injuries for both parties as well as extensive costs for their survivors. Although many cases seem to initially indicate that negligence played a role, it can be difficult to prove fault in legal settings. As a result, victims and their families often seek legal consultation in order to prepare their court cases.

Source: Eagle Tribune, “Facing motor vehicle homicide for September wreck”, Jill Harmacinski, July 24, 2013


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