DA: Teen allegedly higher on marijuana charged in Natick hit-and-run

A 17-year-old boy who fled following mowing down two pedestrians in an Aug. 18 Natick crash was driving higher on marijuana, authorities mentioned.

The teenager, whose name was not released for the reason that 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.

One particular 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 Health-related Center in Boston, with much more to come, mentioned her cousin, Tony Catlin. Her jaw had to be reconstructed, her arm was shattered, and physicians are reconstructing her leg.

“We’re pretty satisfied with the arrest,” Catlin mentioned. “The truth that the wheels of justice are turning in the appropriate path brings a sense of relief to the household.”

Police situated the suspect car at a Holliston household and later determined that the teen was the operator of the car with two juvenile passengers at the time of the crash, Ryan and Hicks mentioned. The subsequent investigation revealed that the driver was beneath 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 private injury, leaving the scene of house harm, two counts of operating beneath the influence of drugs causing really serious bodily injury, operating a motor car with a suspended license and failure to quit. Juvenile proceedings are closed to the public.

An instant threat also has been filed with the Registry of Motor Automobiles.

A GoFundMe web page has been began for the victims, Catlin mentioned, and the Greg Hill Foundation also is raising cash 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 effectively as quite a few members of the public that came forward also assisted in the investigation.

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