Prosecutor: Driver was drunk, speeding before fatal crash

August 29, 2018

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Massachusetts man was speeding and drunk when he crashed his pickup truck last month, resulting in the death of his passenger.

Joshua Hall, of Montgomery, was released on $1,000 bail and ordered to abstain from alcohol after a not guilty plea to a charge of motor vehicle homicide was entered on his behalf at his arraignment Wednesday.

The Northwestern district attorney says the 42-year-old Hall was driving about 90 mph and under the influence of alcohol on July 11 in Huntington when his truck flew over a guardrail and into the woods.

His passenger, 39-year-old Melinda Carriveau, was thrown from the front seat and pronounced dead at the hospital.

Hall’s attorney agreed to the bail conditions but otherwise did not comment.


This story has been corrected to show that the victim’s first name is Melinda, not Miranda, as originally reported by the district attorney’s office.

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