Wellesley doctor arraigned on charges of operating under the influence in Friday morning crash

A Wellesley physician is facing operating under the influence and other charges after causing a multi-car crash Friday morning in Wellesley, police said.

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Kristin Howard, 56, pleaded not guilty in Dedham District Court today to charges of operating under the influence of liquor and drugs causing serious bodily injury, possession of a Class C drug, possession of a Class E drug, and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, the Norfolk district attorney’s office said.

The crash, which occurred Friday morning at the intersection of State and Washington streets at 8:45 a.m., was caught on surveillance video.

The video, released by Wellesley police, shows a vehicle speeding from the parking lot of Whole Foods over a grassy median and onto State Street, where it then slams into two vehicles. Drivers of other vehicles then get out of their cars to move towards the smoking wreckage of Howard’s car. The doctor was arrested at the scene, police said.

A man in his 70s was taken to Newton-Wellesley Hospital following the crash. He was released two days later, said David Traub, spokesman for Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.

Howard was released on personal recognizance over the weekend and again after her court appearance today.

The judge ordered that while the case is ongoing, Howard must undergo random drug and alcohol screening, not drive a vehicle, and comply with any orders from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, Traub said.

A message seeking comment from Howard’s workplace, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, was not immediately returned.

Howard will return to court on Jan. 7.

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