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Driver Charged after Crash Kills Passenger, Severely Injures Another in Boston


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According to The Boston Globe, a driver faces multiple drunk driving charges for a fatal crash in August that killed a passenger in his truck and injured another in Boston.

Blood Alcohol Level Three Times the Legal Limit

A reunion between three friends ended in tragedy on August 26. Craig Lawlor, Dillon Cohen, and a third friend were drinking at several bars in the Boston area before taking off for the night.

Prosecutors claim Lawlor drove his pickup truck with two friends inside, traveling at 74 miles per hour through the Sumner Tunnel, reports The Boston Globe. Lawlor allegedly struck barriers on the right hand side before caroming into barriers on the left side, ejecting all three passengers from the truck.

The Boston Globe reports that 24-year-old Cohen died at the scene, suffering from a severed arm and head injuries. The third friend sustained massive head injuries and a spinal fracture. Lawlor escaped the wreck with just a concussion.

Lawlor faces charges including manslaughter while operating under the influence, motor vehicle homicide, and operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury. According to The Boston Globe, Lawlor had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit of .08.

Lawlor’s defense team claims he was not the driver during the fatal crash, instead the deceased Cohen was driving and responsible for the wreck. The prosecution claims video and photos captured earlier in the night indicate that Lawlor was indeed the driver at the time of the crash, reports The Boston Globe.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,092 people died in motor vehicle wrecks on U.S. roadways in 2015.
    • This is an increase of 7.2 percent from 2014 – the largest increase in nearly 50 years.
  • An estimated 2.44 million people suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
    • 105,000 more people sustained injuries in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.

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