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Man dies after driver who police say had been drinking for several hours slams into him on Kneeland Street

A convicted drunk driver already facing several charges for a crash on Kneeland Street near Hudson Street early Monday will likely face additional or more severe charges because the pedestrian she allegedly hit has died, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Richard Mullins, 33, of Attleboro, died late yesterday from injuries in the crash, the DA's office reports.

Abana Cabrera, 36, of Randolph, was arraigned yesterday in Boston Municipal Court, before Mullins's death, on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury, OUI alcohol as a second offense, and failure to stop or yield, the DA's office says, adding she had been earlier convicted of DUI in Nevada in 2016. A judge set bail at $7,500 and ordered her to stay away from both driving and alcohol.

The DA's office provided this account:

At approximately 12:52 a.m. Monday, Cabrera was operating a Hyundai Elantra in the area of 75 Kneeland Street when she struck the victim as he crossed the street. ... The defendant allegedly made statements to Boston Police detectives that she had been drinking since 4 p.m. the prior afternoon. Detectives noted an odor of alcohol from the defendant during the interview.

Innocent, etc.

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needs a rework, I believe.

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But apologies in advance for asking a dumb question, what's wrong with the headline?

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It's long and gives us more information than we need?

Man hit by drunk driver on Kneeland Street dies gets the same point across; the article can go into the details ("he'd been drinking several hours earlier and told the police that.") 19 words --> 9 words.

If "innocent, etc" requires, you could put an "alleged" into the hed, too.

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The headline is in relation to that, saying that man has now died. It could even have more detail to hammer home the point (repeat drunk driver) that the person is actually far from innocent, considering they admitted to drinking all day long. I’m willing to bet this person did not get a very harsh sentence in Nevada and this may have been prevented with more universally consistent dui laws. I have known many people who drink and drive. They generally don’t stop, ever, unless they have received a very harsh punishment. It’s like a disease that they are not entirely in control of and they need help being responsible by knowing there will be life altering consequences that last a long, long time. Even with this in place, some will still get drunk and not give a crap. This is where education/prevention campaigns can help. Massachusetts apparently scores low in this category.

https://blog.massachusetts-drunkdriving.com/how-strict-are-the-massachus...

The ranking of 44th in DUI prevention is what dropped Massachusetts lower on the overall strictness list in this study.

https://dui.drivinglaws.org/resources/state-dui-laws.htm

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Adding the "who" def helps.

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A women or a man, because you refer to Abana Cabrera as both.

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Dumb typo fixed.

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we are going to have to start keeping problem motorists in prison for life.

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Is MBF good to go?

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“A judge set bail at $7,500 and ordered her to stay away from both driving and alcohol.”

Sure thing, Your Honor.

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So she’ll be drinking and driving again this weekend most likely. The only thing that stops these dangerous drivers is a prison cell.

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Intersections in that area are always bad with drivers in all directions consistently running the red lights.

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in my experience you could say this of every intersection in town, unfortunately. (re: running red lights)

the lack of cautious respect for life incenses me.

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It seems unusual for the drunken driver to be a woman. Seems like 9 times out of 10 its a guy driving. (There was that case a couple years back where someone got dragged for miles under a car...I think that was a woman driving too, but that seems to be the exception.)

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I did a quick google search and found this article about DUIs in Florida, though the CDC stats that it cites are probably national: https://www.coreycohen.com/articles/why-men-are-more-likely-to-drink-and...

It cites two reasons:

The CDC states that this is due to two primary reasons. First, men drive more often than women. Second, men are more likely to participate in risk-taking behaviors in many aspects of their life, including when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle.

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At least.

Of course she won't get that because ... car.

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Drunk drivers have only easy street to drive down through the court system in Massachusetts.

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