A Burlington woman is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow to face charges in connection with the that resulted in the death of Bedford resident Glenn Robichaud, 55.
Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone announced in a news release that Nicole Parziale, 39, of Burlington, was indicted by a Middlesex grand jury on charges of felony motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence of liquor, second offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor causing serious injury (three counts), and operating a motor vehicle without a license.
Parziale will be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn on Aug. 31 at 9 a.m.
“We allege that this defendant drove erratically and under the influence of alcohol which amounted to be over twice the legal limit, resulting in the death of one of her passengers and causing injuries to three other victims,” District Attorney Leone said. “Any time you get behind the wheel of a large motorized heavy piece of equipment while under the influence of alcohol, you heighten the risk of danger to yourself and others. We allege that risk materialized here in a tragic and fatal way. Our thoughts remain with the victim’s family and friends.”
According to the Massachusetts State Police, at approximately 10:38 p.m. on May 14, officers responded to Route 128 in Lexington for reports of a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, authorities observed a Pontiac Grand AM with damage to the driver’s side.
Officers observed the defendant sitting in the driver’s seat of the Pontiac with the keys in the ignition and the engine running, the release states. Authorities detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the defendant’s breath and observed that the defendant’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy and her speech was slurred as she tried to speak. Inside the car were also two passengers; Robichaud, who was evidencing obvious injuries, and a second victim in the backseat. The three occupants were transported to for treatment. Later that evening, Robichaud was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.
Members of the Massachusetts State Police also observed a second car, a Buick, with damage to the front end of it. The driver of that vehicle and the passenger were both transported to Winchester Hospital for medical treatment and were later released.
According to the release from the DA, authorities allege that the defendant drank alcohol at the victim’s apartment before leaving around 10:30 pm. It is alleged the defendant was driving north on Route 128 in Lexington when she lost control of the motor vehicle, driving into the break down lane and then re-entering the highway crossing the first and second travel lane. As the defendant continued driving, it is alleged that she entered the third travel lane, crossing directly in front of the Buick, causing the Buick to strike the vehicle driven by the defendant on its driver’s side. As a result of the collision, the vehicle driven by the defendant entered the fourth travel lane and crashed into the median side guardrail, coming to rest in the fourth travel lane. The Buick came to rest between the third and fourth travel lane.
During the investigation into the crash, a search warrant was obtained for the defendant’s medical records which revealed that her blood alcohol level was .19 at the time of the incident, the release states. These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Kerry Collins. The victim witness advocate is Kristin Dagnelli.