Police officer charged after fatal car crash

Following a horrific Massachusetts car accident, one family is entering into the early stages of grief. Having lost their son and with a daughter still in serious condition, loved ones are likely struggling to come to terms with the car crash that has forever changed the landscape of their immediate and extended family. Police have made an arrest in the case, and the story has received widespread media attention due to the fact that the man accused of causing this fatal car crash is a Massachusetts police officer.

Investigators believe that the 41-year-old officer was driving while under the influence of alcohol in the early morning hours of a recent Saturday. As he drove his Land Rover along Riverside Drive in Methune, police assert that he crossed over the center line into the path of oncoming traffic. At that point, he struck a Mercury Mountaineer driven by a 26-year-old man.

The force of the impact was sufficient enough to require emergency responders to use equipment known as the “Jaws of Life” to extract the man from the vehicle. He was rushed to an area hospital for treatment, but he was not able to survive what was reported as massive trauma. The man’s sister was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash, but she is expected to survive.

The officer whom Massachusetts police believe caused this fatal car crash has been arrested, and he faces charges of motor vehicle homicide and driving while impaired. As the criminal case against him moves forward, the family may find a measure of comfort in knowing that he could be held accountable for his decision to drink and drive and the repercussions that followed. However, should they decide to move forward with a wrongful death suit, that option remains available to them.

Source: boston.com, "Lowell Police Officer Charged in Crash that Killed Lawrence Man", Jack Pickell, Aug. 24, 2014

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