Charlene Casey, 64, is scheduled for arraignment today on a charge of motor-vehicle homicide, which the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says led to a crash that killed Colin McGrath, 22 months, as he sat in a stroller while his 4-year-old sister and their caretaker walked on an L Street sidewalk on July 25, 2018.
According to the DA's office:
Prosecutors allege that the defendant was operating a Toyota Prius on East Sixth Street at approximately 3:31 p.m. on the date of the crash. She stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of East Sixth and L streets, where a driver in the southbound lane of L Street stopped and waved her through the intersection. The defendant had an unobstructed view of the northbound travel lane on L Street, because no cars were parking along that side of the roadway for street cleaning.
The defendant was legally required to yield the right of way to traffic on L Street but failed to do so before accelerating into the intersection. As she accelerated through the intersection she struck a van traveling northbound on L Street. The van’s steering was damaged in the crash, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. As a result, the van struck Colin, his sister and their adult caretaker, all of whom were on the sidewalk of L Street.
The driver of the van and others in the area rushed to help the crash victims until Boston Police and Boston EMS arrived at the scene. Colin was transported to Boston Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. Colin’s sister suffered broken bones and other injuries, included a lacerated liver. The adult caretaker who was accompanying the children was not seriously injured.
An investigation into the fatal crash concluded that the defendant was legally obligated to yield the right of way to vehicles traveling on L Street but failed to do so.
A Suffolk County grand jury indicted Casey on Nov. 25.