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Brockton woman charged after man struck and killed in breakdown lane of Route 128 in Reading

Posted by Your Town  November 20, 2013 06:34 PM

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The following is a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney

A Brockton woman has been charged with motor vehicle homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol after she allegedly struck and killed a man who had pulled over into the breakdown lane of Route 128 in Reading last night, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.

Mary Grigoriadis, 32, of Brockton, was arraigned today in Woburn District Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide and operating under the influence of alcohol. Woburn District Court Judge Marianne Hinkle ordered the defendant held on $10,000 cash bail with a condition of no driving.

Her next court date is January 17 for a pre-trial hearing.

“This defendant’s reckless actions have had tragic consequences,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Anytime a person gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol they put themselves and others at risk. This is an unfortunate reminder that there are still drivers who have not heeded the warnings regarding the risks presented by consuming alcohol and driving. Our thoughts today remain with the victim’s family and friends.”

At approximately 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, Reading Police and Reading Fire officials responded to Route 128 north near Exit 38 for a report of a car crash. Upon arrival, police discovered the victim appeared to have been struck by a vehicle while he was outside of his vehicle, which was pulled over in the breakdown lane.

The victim, Vittorio Recupero, 71, of Wakefield, suffered extensive injuries and was transported to Lahey Clinic in Burlington where he was later pronounced dead.

Authorities allege that a Toyota Scion, driven by the defendant, was traveling in the right lane just prior to the collision. It is alleged that the defendant struck Recupero and his vehicle, a Hyundai Tucson. While being interviewed by police, the defendant exhibited signs of being under the influence of alcohol and failed multiple sobriety tests. She was arrested and charged.

The case is being investigated by Reading Police and Massachusetts State Police.

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