A Salem woman was arraigned this morning at Salem District Court on a charge of vehicular homicide after a drunk-driving accident resulted in the death of a passenger early Saturday morning, according to Salem police prosecuter Conrad Prosniewski.
A judge set cash bail at $10,000 for Angelique Griffin, a 25-year-old Salem resident who was arrested for motor vehicle homicide, negligent operation, OUI, driving to endanger, and open container in a motor vehicle after she hit a parked tow-truck on Boston Street, killing 19-year-old Dillon Renard.
A pretrial hearing has been set for July 18.
According to Prosniewski, the District Attorney's office asked that Griffin's bail remain at $50,000, which is what it was set at over the weekend, but defense attorney Scott Dullea was able to get it lowered based on Griffin's cooperation with the investigation, community involvement and the fact that she has no prior criminal record.
If Griffin posts bail, she will be released with a GPS tracking bracelet and confined to her home, according to Prosniewski.
The show of support for both sides was overwhelming at the arraignment.
"The courtroom was filled to capacity between [Renard's] family and friends, and the defendant's family and friends. There was quite a crowd there," Prosniewski said. "The judge actually had to hush the crowd because they were getting a little emotional during the reading of the facts."
According to the weekend police log, Griffin was traveling east on Boston Street when she crossed the right fog line and struck the rear drivers' side of a flatbed truck owned by All-Star Enterprises, Inc., killing the Danvers resident and sole passenger on impact.
It is unknown whether either party was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, but according to Prosniewski it would have made no difference in the outcome.