East Boston woman charged with drunk driving in crash with scooter

An East Boston woman was charged with drunk driving in a crash that critically injured a moped driver early Sunday morning, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said.

Marcella Castiello, 32, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Monday on charges of operating under the influence of liquor causing serious injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a marked lanes violation, prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday.

Castiello’s bail was set at $1,000, and she was ordered not to drive while her case is pending, according to the statement.

Castiello was driving a black Mercedes Benz on Frontage Road near Kneeland Street around 2:15 a.m. when she struck the scooter, authorities said.


The driver, a 39-year-old man, was taken to Tufts Medical Center with critical injuries, officials said.

Video of the crash, captured by the Department of Transportation, shows Castiello passing other vehicles at a high rate of speed, before striking the moped from behind. The driver was thrown onto the windshield of Castiello’s car, sent into the air, and then landed on the road, officials said.

Castiello allegedly “drove over the scooter, causing visible sparks, before coming to a stop 50 yards from the scooter’s resting place,” prosecutors said.

Authorities said Castiello, who remained at the scene, told State Police officers she had one drink before the crash and that the scooter driver “must have been drinking.”

She was arrested after failing a series of field sobriety tests, officials said.

Her car “sustained damage to the front end and windshield,” prosecutors said. “There were noodles and Chinese food stuck to the windshield.”

Castiello is scheduled to return to court Feb. 2, authorities said.

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