Back Bay Vehicular Homicide Defense Lawyer

A Boston man appeared in court Monday in connection with a Back Bay accident that claimed a young couple’s lives.

At the arraignment, the 30-year-old defendant pleaded not guilty to two counts of motor vehicle homicide and one count of negligent operation of a motor vehicle. He posted $10,000 cash bail and was released, though he was ordered to surrender his passport.

Prosecutors alleged that the defendant, while driving his Ford Explorer, ran a red light and hit another vehicle and then struck a young Brookline couple as they were holding hands and crossing at a crosswalk at the corner of Beacon and Fairfield Streets just after 9pm on June 21, 2014. Police reported that the Explorer rolled over after striking another vehicle at the intersection, at which point it struck the two pedestrians. Witnesses said that the black Explorer ran a red light before striking the other vehicle, which was identified as a Mini Cooper.

According to prosecutors, the couple, a 27-year-old woman and 28-year-old man, had a walk signal and were legally crossing the street when the defendant’s Explorer struck them. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the woman was transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she died shortly thereafter. Two other people were injured in the accident and were hospitalized, though there injuries were not life-threatening.

According to the defense attorney, the defendant is a married father of four and is the sole provider for his family, with no criminal record. He is scheduled to return to court on September 22.

The defendant was not initially arrested in this matter. At first, a 26-year-old woman who was in the vehicle with him was arrested and was scheduled to be arraigned on charges of motor vehicle homicide, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, but prosecutors ended up releasing her. The reasoning was that interviews “yielded conflicting information” according to a spokesman for the prosecution. At the time, prosecutors were still trying to determine who was driving the vehicle.

Cases such as this reveal just how serious a traffic accident can be. The defendant in this case faces two counts of motor vehicle homicide, a crime described in Massachusetts General Laws § 24G “Homicide by motor vehicle; punishment.” According to this section, a person who is convicted of causing another’s death by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs may face 1 to 2 1/2 years in county jail or 2 1/2 years to 15 years in state prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Because the defendant faces two counts, his penalties would be doubled. He may also face penalties for the negligent operation of a motor vehicle, an offense akin to reckless driving. This is typically charged as a misdemeanor with a possible jail sentence of up to 2 1/2 years.

In the face of a future that may include years or decades in prison, it is essential to involve a legal professional who can build an aggressive defense on your behalf. Auto accidents can be tragic occurrences, and serious criminal charges may result even though a driver did not intend to hurt anyone. Only a Boston criminal defense lawyer with a complete understanding of legislation and case law as these apply to homicide by motor vehicle charges can offer a strategic, aggressive defense the offers the best opportunity at a positive result.

To learn more about your rights and options, call Keegan Law today. We have more than 40 years of experience in criminal justice, including as former police officers and prosecutors, which gives us unique insight regarding how the “other side” thinks and works.