Drugged driver charged with homicide 10 months after fatal crash
A Tyngsborough woman accused of triggering a fatal crash last summer — minutes after a state trooper let her go following an earlier crash — pleaded not guilty Tuesday to new charges of motor vehicle homicide and drugged driving.
Lynn DeWolfe, 51, is now charged with causing the death of Christopher Weisz, a 42-year-old father of three from Bedford, who was struck in late August on Interstate 95 in Reading.
State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin ordered an outside investigation in May of the department’s handling of the crash after the Globe revealed a trooper let DeWolfe go following another crash minutes earlier.
On Tuesday, Alexis Weisz said she was happy DeWolfe was charged in her husband’s death but was waiting for state troopers to be held responsible for their actions that day.
“I believe everyone that was somewhat responsible for Chris’s accident needs to take responsibility, needs to have accountability and consquences,” she said. “I don’t think Lynn was the only one responsible.”
DeWolfe’s attorney, Arnold “A.J.” Blank, declined to comment following DeWolfe’s Woburn Superior Court appearance.
DeWolfe, a twice-convicted drunk driver, had a breath-test device on her car when she slammed into a car on Route 3 in Burlington on Aug. 24. Trooper Daniel Hanafin was dispatched to the scene by another trooper, Michael Benevento, who received an earlier 911 call about DeWolfe’s erratic driving but didn’t broadcast the report over the police radio.
Hanafin let DeWolfe go, records show. Nineteen minutes later, she allegedly crashed into a car driven by an 85-year-old Natick woman, causing it to strike a Jersey barrier, spin around, and veer into oncoming traffic, hitting Weisz’s motorcycle and two cars, according to police.
State Police spokesman David Procopio said Tuesday that the independent investigation, conducted by former Massachusetts attorney general Thomas F. Reilly, is ongoing.
Initially, DeWolfe was charged with operating under the influence of drugs and other driving offenses. It took eight months for the State Police to complete the accident reconstruction report, officials said.
A grand jury indicted DeWolfe on June 26 on charges of motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence of drugs, and other charges, a spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said.
On Tuesday, Clerk Magistrate Matthew Day ordered DeWolfe to remain under house arrest, wear a GPS monitoring bracelet, and not to consume alcohol or nonprescribed drugs. Her license has been revoked since the fatal crash. DeWolfe is due back in court July 25.