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1073287_beer-300x200Shirley, MA (July 8, 2018) – Previously we brought you the story of a DUI crash in Shirley, Massachusetts that claimed the life of one woman.  The crash occurred on June 28 when a vehicle, driving by 39 year old Victoria Marble, crossed the center at 134 Great Road and struck another vehicle head on.  Marble was later arrested and charged with OUI.

The other driver, who died at the hospital, has now been identified as Rebecca Allen of Lunenburg, Massachusetts.  Allen was out that evening with a friend, Tom Senn.  Senn was a passenger in Allen’s vehicle.  He also suffered serious injuries, including nine broken ribs along with hip and foot injuries.  Senn is still in the hospital at this time as he recovers from his injuries.   Allen’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, July 7th.

Massachusetts OUI Crashes

download-3When people think of an OUI they typically associate it with alcohol.  While alcohol is probably the most commonly used and abused impairing substance, we are seeing a large increase in the number of OUIs which are drug-related.  Drug-related OUIs include abuse of prescription medication such as opiates and benzos as well as illegal controlled substances like heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

Report Reveals Marijuana OUI Numbers

A new report revealed a percentage of Massachusetts residents are high on marijuana behind the wheel.

1073287_beer-300x200Shirley, MA (June 30, 2018) – The driver in a fatal crash that took place on Thursday in Shirley, Massachusetts has now been identified by police.  The crash happened Thursday night around 11:00 pm at 134 Great Road.  The accident involved two vehicles and both sustained heavy front end damage as police arrived on scene.

One woman was transported to the hospital where she later died from the injuries.  Police identified the driver who caused the collision as 39 year old Victoria Marble.  Marble was arrested on the scene and toxicology tests were administered.  She has since been charged with OUI, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lane violation.  The name of the deceased has not been released by police at this time.

OUI Accident Attorneys

Alleged Drunk Driver Arrested in Three-Car Crash that Killed a 63-Year-OldOUI has become a serious problem in recent years across our state.  A 2012 study conducted by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System revealed that there 1,370 people killed in Massachusetts OUI crashes in a 9 year period from 2003 through 2012.  Of course, during that time the number of non-fatal OUI crashes experienced in the state would have been much greater.

OUI crashes tend to involve more serious and catastrophic injuries than other types of crashes.  One reason for this is that these accidents usually happen due to a complete loss of vehicle control by the impaired driver.  Whether because of drugs or alcohol, impairment means that the driver’s mental and physical capability are slowed considerably which also reduces critical factors such as reaction time, ability to perceive objects in the roadway and the ability to make judgments on matters such as depth perception and proper distance between vehicles.  When a driver loses control of these faculties, they lose control of a 2,000 pound piece of metal that can quickly become a deadly weapon.

In Massachusetts, it is illegal drive with a blood alcohol concentration of more than .08%.  It is also illegal to drive with any amount of a controlled substance such as a prescription medication or an illegal drug that impairs the ability to drive.  In drug and controlled substances cases, the opinion of the officer as to a driver’s impairment is critical.

In a disturbing story out of Blackstone, Massachusetts, police report that OUI was responsible for a head-on collision.  Blackstone responded to reports of a head-on accident and found William Halfelder suffering from a cut and bleeding from his head.

After a comprehensive investigation, officers determined that Halfelder was impaired.  After reviewing video from cameras near the scene, they later determined that Halfelder had collided head-on with another vehicle and forced the vehicle off the roadway.  Halfelder’s path of destruction continued on as he rear-ended another car at a red light and struck yet another vehicle before coming to rest on Main Street where he was found by police.

Halfelder was given Narcan on site for a suspected drug overdose.  He was later transported to the hospital.  Remarkably, Halfelder was charged by police with his 4th OUI.  The innocent accident victims did sustain injuries in the crashes but fortunately their injuries were not life-threatening.

Man Charged With Drunk Driving After Passenger DiesThe driver in a hit and run crash with a bicyclist has been identified by authorities.  Previously, we reported that a bicyclist was hit on Saturday night on Revere Beach Parkway.  The bicyclist was injured in the crash and transported to a local hospital.  The driver fled his vehicle and left the vehicle at the collision scene with the bicycle still lodged underneath.  Later, police apprehended the driver about a mile away in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Police in Revere have now identified the driver as 27 year old Josue Flores-Ochoa.  Ochoa has been arrested and charged with several offenses, including leaving the scene of a crash, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and OUI-Liquor.  The remainder of the accident remains under investigation.  Massachusetts State Police are assisting local authorities in the investigation.

Massachusetts OUI

Reports out this morning indicate that a young man named Jeffrey Liao was involved in a car accident in the afternoon of April  14th. When Medford Police officers entered his vehicle they discovered several pounds of marijuana in various forms for sale.

Medford marijuana car accident
The nearly 30-year-old man is from Sharon, and the accident occurred on Main Street in Medford. The car was removed by a flatbed truck. Officer Jason Montalbano stated that the illegal items found in the vehicle were clearly put together to be sold later.

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