Samuel Goldberg has been a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney for 20 years. Prior to that, he was a New York state prosecutor. He has published various articles regarding the practice of criminal law and frequently provides legal analysis on radio and television, appearing on outlets such as the Fox News Channel, Court TV, MSNBC and The BBC Network. To speak to Sam about a criminal matter call (617) 492 3000.

Green Line Train Operator Who Was Text Messaging Girlfriend, 93-Year-Old Motorist that Drove into Wal-Mart, and Falmouth Driver Face Criminal Charges for Allegedly Causing Serious Injury Accidents

Aiden Quinn, the 24-year-old Green Line train operator who was text messaging his girlfriend when the train he was operating rear-ended another trolley has been indicted on a negligence charge. Three trolley cars were destroyed in the May 2009 Boston train accident that resulted in $9 million in damages. 62 people were injured.

According to investigators, Quinn was texting on his cell phone and not look at the track when he ran a yellow light and then a red light before striking another train. While none of the Massachusetts train accident injuries were fatal, one woman with a broken pelvis may never be able to walk again, and a teenager who broke her vertebrae sustained a concussion. The negligence charge he was indicted for comes with a maximum three-year prison sentence.

In another Massachusetts case involving a serious car accident, 21-year-old Falmouth resident Jonathan Muir has been charged with motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol, serious bodily injury while under the influence of alcohol, failure to stay within marked lanes, operating negligently so as to endanger, and speeding. He is accused of losing control of his Porsche at around 1:30 am on June 29.

Cassandra Flynn-Rakos, 21, died in the Bourne car accident. Muir and passengers Erica Pouler and Sonya Dangelo sustained injuries. Muir’s Massachusetts’s driver’s license was revoked after the deadly crash.

Massachusetts police are also charging 93-year-old Louis Vesprini with negligent operation of a motor vehicle. The Peabody man is the motorist who drove his car into a Wal-Mart last month, injuring 6 people, including a 1-year–old. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to two years in jail.

Vesprini accidentally stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake.

If you face criminal charges for your alleged involvement in a Massachusetts motor vehicle crash, it is important that you do not try to combat the charges without the support of an experienced Boston criminal defense team.

Driver charged in fatal Bourne crash, Boston.com, July 9, 2009
Elderly Driver Cited In Wal-Mart Crash, WBZTV, July 8, 2009
Green Line MBTA driver indicted in May crash, PatriotLedger.com, July 9, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Boston to bar texting while driving in city-owned vehicles, Boston.com, June 25, 2009
Massachusetts Law About Drunk Driving, Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

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