One Killed, Two Injured In Bridgewater Accident
POSTED: 12:08 pm EDT October 21, 2005
UPDATED: 1:24 pm EDT October 21, 2005
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- A 19-year-old Dedham, Mass., woman was arraigned on vehicular homicide Friday after she allegedly plowed her car into a group of college students, killing one of them.
NewsCenter 5's Rhondella Richardson reported that police said that Lisa O'Connell was operating under the influence when she struck a group of students who were outside Julio's Cafe on Spring Street in Bridgewater at about 2 a.m.
Bridgewater College senior Jacqueline Nilsson, 21, of Brockton, Mass., was pronounced dead at the scene. Jaclyne Coleman, 21, of Tewksbury, Mass., and Steven Bickerton, 21, of Dorchester, were injured in the accident. Bickerton, who attends Mass Maritime Academy, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious leg injuries. Coleman was taken to Brockton Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition.
In court, prosecutors said that O'Connell's car hit Nilsson so hard that she knocked her shoes off and sent the victim 30 feet in the air.
Police said that O'Connell had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. She was drinking at a residence on Maple Avenue, and struck the students while she was driving back to her dorm, investigators said.
Police found O'Connell along the side of the road, crying in her vehicle.
She pleaded not guilty at he arraignment, and she was held on $10,000 bail. Copyright 2005 by TheBostonChannel. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.