A 17-year-old boy who fled soon after mowing down two pedestrians in an Aug. 18 Natick crash was driving higher on marijuana, authorities mentioned.
The teenager, whose name was not released due to the fact he is a juvenile, allegedly was operating a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on Washington Avenue when he struck the pedestrians on the sidewalk and fled the scene, Middlesex District Lawyer Marian Ryan and Natick Police Chief James Hicks mentioned.
A single of the victims, Brian Colbert, 39, has been discharged from the hospital, but the other, Kim Gunner, 51, has had seven surgeries so far at Tufts Healthcare Center in Boston, with much more to come, mentioned her cousin, Tony Catlin. Her jaw had to be reconstructed, her arm was shattered, and medical doctors are reconstructing her leg.
“We’re pretty satisfied with the arrest,” Catlin mentioned. “The reality that the wheels of justice are turning in the proper path brings a sense of relief to the family members.”
Police situated the suspect automobile at a Holliston house and later determined that the teen was the operator of the automobile with two juvenile passengers at the time of the crash, Ryan and Hicks mentioned. The subsequent investigation revealed that the driver was below the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash, they mentioned.
He will be arraigned on Sept. ten on charges of leaving the scene of individual injury, leaving the scene of house harm, two counts of operating below the influence of drugs causing significant bodily injury, operating a motor automobile with a suspended license and failure to cease. Juvenile proceedings are closed to the public.
An quick threat also has been filed with the Registry of Motor Cars.
A GoFundMe web page has been began for the victims, Catlin mentioned, and the Greg Hill Foundation also is raising dollars for them.
This investigation is getting carried out by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Workplace, Natick police and the Massachusetts State Police Crash Evaluation and Reconstruction Section. Officers from Sherborn and Holliston police departments as nicely as many members of the public that came forward also assisted in the investigation.