Massachusetts State Police report that a Holbrook man was drunk when he fled the scene of a car crash yesterday that seriously injured a Weymouth woman on the Southeast Expressway in Dorchester. The accident forced the closing of three lanes of southbound traffic for three hours with only the left travel lane open for motorists.
Alyssa Connolly, 25, a passenger in a Toyota Corolla, was thrown from the car that went off the highway and slammed into a snow bank before rolling over and coming to rest on its roof. Connolly was taken to Boston Medical Center–her condition remains unknown.
The driver, Patrick Fay, 24, was driving south when the accident occurred near exit 13 in Dorchester shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday. Trooper Sean Reardon apprehended Fay when he tried to run from the scene. Fay has been charged with drunk driving, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident after causing personal injury, speeding and failure to stay within marked lanes.
In 2009, there were 347 motor vehicle-related fatalities in Massachusetts. Thirty-nine percent of these deaths involved the use of alcohol or other drugs. For more information on Massachusetts’ laws on drunk driving visit: mass.gov
Holbrook man charged with drunk driving in crash, The Patriot Ledger, January 23, 2011