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Burlington woman indicted in fatal crash

Posted by Daniel Adams  August 24, 2011 03:37 PM

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The Middlesex District Attorney's office announced today that a Burlington woman has been indicted by a grand jury on felony motor vehicle homicide charges in the wake of crash that killed a passenger in her car and injured several others.

District Attorney Gerry Leone said in a release that Nicole Parziale, 39, had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit when she wrecked her car on May 14th while driving on Rt. 128 in Lexington. A passenger in the car, Glenn Robichaud, 55, died later that night from his extensive injuries.

“We allege that this defendant drove erratically and under the influence of alcohol which amounted to be over twice the legal limit, resulting in the death of one of her passengers and causing injuries to three other victims,” Leone said.

“Any time you get behind the wheel of a large motorized heavy piece of equipment while under the influence of alcohol, you heighten the risk of danger to yourself and others. We allege that risk materialized here in a tragic and fatal way. Our thoughts remain with the victim’s family and friends.”

Parziale was also charged with operating under the influence of liquor (second offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor causing serious injury (3 counts), and operating a motor vehicle without a license, according to the release.

She will be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn on August 31 at 9 a.m.

Massachusetts State Police who responded to reports of the crash found Parziale sitting in the driver’s seat of a damaged Pontiac Grand AM with the keys in the ignition and the engine running. According to the DA’s release, police detected a strong odor of alcohol and observed that Parziale’s eyes were bloodshot and her speech was slurred.

Robichaud was in the passenger seat and exhibited “obvious” injuries, while another passenger was in the rear, the DA said. All three occupants were transported to Lahey Clinic for treatment, where Robichaud was later pronounced dead.

During the accident, Parziale’s car swerved in front of a Buick, which struck the Grand AM and caused it to crash into the median side guardrail, the DA said. Upon arrival at the scene, police found the Buick in the middle of the highway with damage to its front. The driver of the second vehicle and the passenger were both transported to Winchester Hospital for medical treatment and were later released.

During the investigation into the crash, a search warrant was obtained for Parziale’s medical records, which revealed that her blood alcohol level was .19 at the time of the crash.

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