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West Roxbury teen charged in Arborway crash that injured six

An 18-year-old West Roxbury man will face criminal charges that he allegedly drove up to 80 miles per hour before a Sept. 6 crash on the Arborway in Jamaica Plain that injured him and five other people, including one who is still in a coma and another with life-
altering brain and spine injuries, officials said Wednesday.

Authorities are seeking a criminal complaint against Nikolas Papadopoulos, charging him with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and several civil offenses, including speeding, failing to ensure that two passengers under 16 were wearing seat belts, and unsafely crossing lane markings, authorities said.

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He will be summoned to West Roxbury District Court for arraignment at a future date, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office and State Police Colonel Timothy Alben said in a statement.

Authorities believe that excessive speed was the major cause of the crash, the statement said.

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ASept. 6 crash on the Arborway in Jamaica Plain injured six people, including one victim who is still in a coma and another with life-altering brain and spine injuries.

The inquiry remains active, and authorities did not rule out additional charges as more information develops, the statement said.

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Papadopoulos was traveling westbound when the 2003 Mazda Tribute he was operating crossed the median strip, began to roll over, and collided with a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck that was heading eastbound, the statement said.

Papadopoulos was driving two 14-year-olds, one from Chestnut Hill and one from West Roxbury, and a 15-year-old from West Roxbury. All are expected to survive, the statement said. But the 14-year-old from Chestnut Hill suffered brain and spine injuries that will change his quality of life, said Jake Wark, spokesman for Conley’s office.

Both Papadopoulos and the 15-year-old were wearing seat belts, Wark said. The operator of the F-150, a 33-year-old Dorchester man, remains hospitalized in a medically induced coma. His passenger, a 34-year-old Quincy man, was released from care with less serious injuries. Both men were wearing seat belts, the statement said.

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