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Woman faces DUI charges in fatal crash

Easton resident killed on Route 24

A Bridgewater woman was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and causing a crash that left one woman dead and two people seriously injured Saturday night in Stoughton, according to State Police.

Police said Patricia A. Neville-Colp, 48, was arrested after trying to flee the scene.

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“She attempted to drive away, but a trooper who was doing work in the vicinity flagged her down and stopped her,’’ said State Police spokesman David Procopio in a phone interview yesterday.

Maureen O’Brien Ellis, 57, of Easton, a passenger in a 2011 Kia Sportage, was ejected from the car as it rolled over.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to State Police.

The driver of the Kia, Steven H. Cadoff, 64, and the other passenger, Martha A. Cadoff, 63, both from Sharon, were not ejected but were transported to Boston Medical Center with serious injuries.

According to preliminary police investigation, they were wearing seat belts but Ellis was not.

Police said the crash occurred at 11:11 p.m. when Neville-Colp entered Route 24 southbound from Route 139 westbound and tried to cut across two travel lanes.

Neville-Colp, who was driving a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee, struck the passenger-side rear door of the Kia, State Police said in a statement.

According to the statement, a state trooper noticed Neville-Colp attempting to drive away. He approached her on foot, ordered Neville-Colp out of the car, and took the keys out of the ignition.

Neville-Colp was arrested at the scene after five field sobriety tests determined she was under the influence of alcohol and drugs, State Police said. The trooper also noted a “strong odor of alcohol on her breath and observed that her eyes were glassy and bloodshot and that her speech was slurred,’’ the statement said.

State Police said a tin holding 16 marijuana cigarettes was found in Neville-Colp’s Cherokee, and a partially-smoked marijuana cigarette was also discovered on the car’s floorboard.

Neville-Colp, who was not injured, is being held at the State Police barracks in Milton on $5,000 cash bail.

Neville-Colp faces several charges, including motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of liquor, motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of drugs, and leaving the scene of a crash involving personal injury or death.

She is to be arraigned today at Stoughton District Court.

State Police said Route 24 southbound was closed for approximately four hours for the emergency response, investigation, and cleanup following the accident.

Miriam Valverde can be reached at
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