Mattapan man found guilty in 2013 fatal drunk driving crash
A Mattapan man was found guilty on Wednesday of motor vehicle homicide in a fatal 2013 drunk driving crash in that neighborhood, the Suffolk district attorney said.
Dervin Hibbert, 54, was convicted on the charge of motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol in the crash that killed 48-year-old Walter Harris, also of Mattapan, the office of District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement.
The jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on the more serious charge of manslaughter while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating liquor, Conley's office said. A mistrial was declared on that charge.
Hibbert was intoxicated while behind the wheel of a Mercury Mountaineer at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2013, when he stopped in front of a liquor store on Cummins Highway, according to the district attorney.
He then accelerated in reverse onto the sidewalk, traveling "several car-lengths" before striking a fire hydrant, the statement said.
Hibbert continued driving backward and struck Harris, who was standing outside a minivan while he spoke to the occupants inside, according to Conley's office. The vehicle dragged Harris's body several feet, the district attorney's office said.
The district attorney said Hibbert then attempted to move forward while still on the sidewallk, but was stopped by several witnesses. Tests at Brigham and Women's Hospital revealed his blood alcohol content was .141, well above the legal limit to drive of .08, Conley's office said.
Hibbert faces up to 15 years in prison at his sentencing on Dec. 11 in Suffolk Superior Court before Judge Jeffrey Locke.