In Lynn District Court, teenager Jonathan Caruso attended his arraignment on Monday, pleading not guilty to charges of negligent vehicle homicide, being a minor transporting liquor, and operating under the influence of alcohol in the deadly pedestrian accident that killed a 67-year-old woman and seriously injured her daughter early Saturday morning. Caruso, 18, is a Saugus High School senior who had stayed out all night with friends after attending his prom the night before.
The deadly Massachusetts pedestrian accident occurred at Grove and Essex streets. A police report indicates that Caruso told them that he had been drinking and may have fallen asleep while driving. He says he regained consciousness after hitting a street sign. A friend who was in the car told him that he had struck two pedestrians. Caruso, who took a breath analysis test after the Saugus car accident, registered a .02% BAC. The legal limit for Massachusetts drivers under 21 is .02%.
Carol Marean died from her pedestrian injuries. Her 41-year-old daughter, Charlotte, sustained critical injuries. The two of them had gone out that morning to walk their dog.
The judge ordered the teenager held on $7,500 cash bail. Caruso will also have to abide by a 7pm to 7am curfew and go back to court in July for a pretrial hearing.
A Massachusetts OUI/DWI/DUI offense is a serious offense in the state-especially if someone was injured or killed as a result of the alleged drunk driving incident. An experienced Boston DUI lawyer can protect your rights and comb through all of the evidence to make sure that the best avenues of defense are available to you.
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