Sean Jackman, the 24-year-old driver of a car that crashed in Canton early Saturday morning, killing a Curry College junior, pleaded not guilty today to a charge of motor vehicle homicide while driving drunk.
Jackman’s plea was entered for him at his arraignment in a hospital room at Boston Medical Center. The judge set bail at $500,000 cash. Jackman is due back in court June 20.
Jackman was allegedly drunk when he crashed a Toyota Carolla into a wall and a tree on Bolivar Street just after midnight Saturday, killing Evan Bard, 20, of Agawam, according to David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfok district attorney’s office.
Bard, a nursing major passionate about her career and a cheerleader with a contagious smile, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jackman’s parents were in the hospital room, a small, one-bed room that became crowded with reporters, the judge, prosecutors, and the defense attorney. Jackman’s face was bruised, cut, and swollen from his injuries, and he was wearing a neck collar.
At some points during the brief proceedings, Jackman’s mother broke down in tears. Jackman’s father comforted his son.
Bard’s roommate, Sophie Geelhoed, also a Curry cheerleader and nursing major, told the Globe that Jackman and Bard had attended the wedding of a friend of his Friday night. The two had dated, but broke up after Valentine’s Day this year, she said, but Bard stayed in touch with Jackman and was on good terms with him and his friends.
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