The MBTA said today it wants the Boston College students involved in a weekend crash with a Green Line trolley to pay for the cost of repairs.
Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan also said that the eight students – including three members of BC's hockey team and a women's lacrosse player at the college –- will be cited for being minors in possession of alcohol after police found beer and vodka inside the vehicle.
"These students should be held accountable for their reckless and dangerous behavior,'' MacMillan said at the Kenmore Square station this afternoon. Transit police summarized the investigation in a four page report.
The driver of the Jeep was identified by the MBTA as Jane Stanton, 19. The passengers were identified as Reilly Corbett, 18, Tina Dilandry, 18, Parker Milner, 19, Elizabeth Motley, 19, Philip Samuelsson, 18 and Patrick Wey, 19.
Late today, police identified the eighth person as Jessie Coffield, 19. She is listed on the BC website as a member of the women's lacrosse team.
The players involved in the accident are all freshman who played on BC's recent national championship team, according to a roster on the college's website. They are Milner, a goalie, Wey, a defenseman, and Samuelsson, a defenseman.
In a statement, the BC Athletics Department said the college had not taken any action against the players because no formal criminal charges have been brought against them.
"We are thankful that the injured students are recovering and the driver of the vehicle that was struck by the MBTA trolley had not been drinking before the incident,'' the statement said. "At this stage, contrary to reports, no one has been charged. As is our policy, we will wait until the investigations are concluded before announcing possible disciplinary actions. ''
Transit police said the crash occurred around midnight Sunday as a Green Line trolley driver, traveling about 30 miles per hour, was heading westbound en route to stop at Greycliff Road and Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton.
When he was yards from the Greycliff Road crossing, the driver said he noticed a black Jeep Cherokee at the intersection at Commonwealth Avenue.
He sounded the horn five times, according to an MBTA transit police report, then engaged the emergency stop, but the Jeep's driver cut in front of the train as if attempting to make a U-turn onto Commonwealth.
The trolley struck the side of the Jeep, pushing it back onto Commonwealth Avenue. When the Jeep stopped, according to the report, some of the Jeep's occupants got out, grabbed items that appeared to be alcoholic beverages, and then fled down Greycliff Road.
The Jeep's driver then drove off onto Commonwealth Avenue before stopping a distance away. Neither the trolley's driver nor the passengers on the train were hurt.
"This obviously could have ended up much more tragically,'' MacMillan said.
MacMillan said police will consult with Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office about potentially bringing other charges against the students. He also said they may seek Stanton's medical records through a subpoena.
In a report, police said they searched the SUV after the crash where they found numerous open and unopened cans of beer. They also found a 1.75 liter bottle of Rubinoff brand vodka that was unopened.
According to police, "blood-smeared beer cans'' were found at the point of the crash and on the track bed.
In the statement, the school said the driver was not drunk at the time of the collision. According to a Transit Police report, Stanton told police she was not drinking because she is allergic to alcohol.
Corbett, Milner and Motley ran from the scene and were later questioned at the emergency room at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, where they were treated and released, according to the report.
Wey told police he could recall being at a restaurant, and then a house party before the crash but had no memory of the crash itself. Police said they smelled "a moderate amount of alcohol'' on Wey's breath.
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