His son, Eric Lum, had struggled with a heroin addiction for seven or eight years, but had seemed to be recovering, Ronald Lum said, describing him as hardworking man from Randolph. As parents, Ronald Lum said that he and his wife, Mary, had tried everything to help him, including "tough love."
“Obviously it’s a lapse that he’s gone through,” Ronald Lum said outside his son's arraignment at Quincy District Court. “There’s only so much his parents can do. We’ve done everything.”
Ronald Lum said he did not want to detract focus from the family of Alison Regan, the woman who was killed. “It’s about them,” he said. “It’s just horrible. We feel so bad. We wish we could take it back.”
Regan was a teacher at the Boston Higachi School for autistic students in Randolph. On Sunday Richard Regan described his daughter as a caring and independent woman who could have taken an easier job, but loved her work too much.
“She was a real special kid,” Richard Regan said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do the things she did.”
Eric Lum, 29, is accused of driving across the center line of Route 28 early Sunday and crashing head-on into Regan’s 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass. At his arraignment today in Quincy District Court, he pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail. Lum is charged with motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence drugs resulting in death, leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death, larceny of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without a license and possession of a class A substance. Police believe the substance was heroin. He is scheduled to reappear in court on Sept. 10.
When State Police responded to the three-car crash shortly after midnight Sunday, troopers were unable to locate Eric Lum and assumed he had been ejected from his vehicle. According to a police report, Eric Lum had driven a Ford Explorer across the center line of Route 28 south of Chichatawbut Road in Milton, crashing head-on into Regan’s Cutlass. As his car rolled over, it also struck a Chrysler Concord driven by 18-year-old Kamilah Land of Randolph, who was uninjured.
Eric Lum took the keys from the Ford’s ignition and fled on foot, according to the police report, leaving behind a syringe and a spoon marred with burn marks and a brown oily substance. He was found by a State Police dog about one hour later in nearby woods.
After fleeing, Eric Lum called his mother and asked for a ride, according to the police report. Mary Lum had driven to the scene and was on the phone with her son when police approached her. She told police she had left the keys to her father’s car, the Ford Explorer, on her kitchen table, and that Eric Lum had taken them without her knowledge.
When questioned by police, Eric Lum said he had taken methadone that day but denied using heroin. He refused to take a drug test and said the needle and spoon were a few days old.
In a statement, the Boston Higachi School described Regan as a beloved staff member.
"In her role as residential instructor, Alison brought beauty, kindness, compassion, positive energy and a special brightness to one and all," the statement said. "She will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered most especially by her students."
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