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College student killed in Lakeville crash

April 1, 2013

WAREHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Middleborough woman prosecutors say was drunk and on heroin when her pickup truck struck another car, killing the teenage driver, was ordered held on $100,000 bail Monday.

Kathleen Allen, 23, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment in Wareham District Court to motor vehicle homicide and several other counts.

The crash on Route 44 in Lakeville at about 2 a.m. Saturday took the life of Monica DeMello, an 18-year-old from Middleborough who was a freshman at Gordon College in Wenham, police said. DeMello was home visiting her family for Easter. The impact of the crash flipped both vehicles on their roofs.

A passenger in Allen’s pickup truck also was hurt and flown to a Boston hospital. Her name was not made public.

A test at the scene showed that Allen’s blood alcohol level was .14, prosecutors said. The legal limit in Massachusetts is .08.

“The family is absolutely devastated,” said Ryan Benharris, a spokesman for DeMello’s family. “They loved her very much. This is a young woman who never did anything wrong in her entire life. She never drank, never smoked cigarettes — was a highly religious woman.”

“This is a tragedy and a shock to all of us, especially on the eve of Easter,” wrote D. Michael Lindsay, president of Gordon, a small Christian school.

“May the blessed assurance of Monica’s place with our risen Savior be a comfort in these coming days,” Lindsay wrote.

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