According to a recent news article from the Providence Journal, a defendant has been sentenced to be committed in a Massachusetts Correctional Institute (MCI) for no less than five years and no more than eight years after a fatal drunk driving accident on Interstate 195 that occurred last year. Defendant, who is 63-years-old, pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter while operating under the influence of intoxicating liquor (OUI).
This charge is also called vehicular homicide. Prosecutors said at defendant’s sentencing and plea hearing that he was driving at an excessive rate of speed when he crashed into the rear end of a Toyota. After being hit from behind, the Toyota rolled completely over. The Toyota was being driven by a 73-year-old woman, who was also from Massachusetts. As a result of this fatal drunk driving crash, she was thrown from her vehicle and died as a result of her injuries. First responders did what they could to save her and stabilize her on the scene before transporting her to a local level-one trauma center, but she was pronounced dead soon after arriving at the hospital. Continue reading