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Alleged drunk driver arrested in fatal wrong-way crash on Interstate 495 in Hopkinton

A Taunton man was charged with motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol and other driving offenses after he allegedly drove the wrong way on Interstate 495 in Hopkinton and caused a fatal crash, State Police said.

Devin Arroyo, 29, was driving a 2018 Ford Transit van at approximately 12:15 a.m. Wednesday and traveling southbound on the northbound side of the highway when he struck a car head-on, according to David Procopio, a spokesman for the State Police.

The car was then hit in the rear by a 2020 International tractor trailer driven by a 41-year-old man from Providence, who was unable to stop in time, Procopio said.

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The Ford Transit van rolled over after hitting the car, he said.

The driver of the car was taken to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester where he was pronounced dead as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

Arroyo was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and he was placed into custody on a charge of operating under the influence of liquor.

The identity of the victim who died has not yet been released by authorities.

In the aftermath of the crash all lanes of Interstate 495 northbound at exit 58 were closed to traffic. They were reopened at approximately 4:50 a.m., Procopio said.

Arroyo was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Framingham District Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence(OUI), felony reckless/negligent, OUI liquor, negligent operation, wrong way on the highway(civil), and marked lanes violation(civil), according to Meghan Kelly, a spokeswoman for the the Middlesex district attorney’s office.

Bail was set at $100,000.

If he posts bail, Arroyo will be given a GPS bracelet and placed on house arrest for 24 hours, seven days. He must also not use alcohol, and will be subjected to random electronic monitoring breath tests. He must also have no contact with the family of the victim, Kelly said.

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The next court date is set as Sept. 19.



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