Beverly man pleads guilty in fatal 2015 drunken driving crash

A Beverly man pleaded guilty Monday on charges related to a 2015 Mother’s Day crashed that killed his passenger and seriously injured another driver, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

Todd Porter, 32, pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter by motor vehicle, operating under the influence of alcohol and causing serious bodily injury, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced to seven to 10 years in state prison followed by five years of probation, according to the DA’s office. Porter will also lose his license for 15 years.

On May 10, 2015, Porter was speeding in a Cadillac and drove through a red light at the intersection of Elliott and Rantoul streets in Beverly, authorities said. Porter allegedly sped through the intersection and struck a pickup truck.

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Porter’s girlfriend, Christine Dinis, 45, of Peabody, was in the passenger seat and owned the car. Dinis was transported to Beverly Hospital and later pronounced dead.

The pickup’s driver, Dennis Moustakis, of Salem, suffered several broken ribs and “had to have glass from the broken windshields surgically removed from his body,” according to authorities. Porter was treated for leg and back injuries.

During the investigation, police obtained search warrants for Porter’s blood and the Cadillac’s “black box.” Porter was found to have a blood alcohol level of .18, and it was discovered that at the time of the crash, the car had accelerated to 68 mph, according to authorities.

 

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