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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.

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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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