Woman pleads not guilty in death of 80-year-old man
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A driver who was reportedly unconscious when her vehicle went out of control and fatally struck an 80-year-old Massachusetts man outside his favorite breakfast place has pleaded not guilty to motor vehicle homicide.
The Republican reports that Meaghan Scahill was released without bail at her arraignment Thursday.
Several witnesses told police the 38-year-old Westfield woman appeared to have passed out on Nov. 11 when her car struck Nelson Dionne in the parking lot of Little George’s restaurant in West Springfield. The Westfield man died at the hospital later that day. Friends say he ate breakfast there almost every day.
Police say Scahill did not appear to be impaired by drugs or alcohol and was eager to cooperate. Her lawyer says he plans to hire an accident reconstruction specialist.