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North Attleborough Man Charged in Crash That Killed Stepfather, Injured Mother

A man from Attleboro is charged with OUI, motor vehicle homicide, OUI with serious bodily injury, speeding and negligent operation of a motor vehicle after a serious one-car crash in Bourne, the Boston Globe reported Oct. 19. Shawn Potrzuski, 32, is accused of killing his stepfather, 46-year-old Robert Coffey, and seriously injuring his mother, Karen Coffey, when he lost control of his Dodge Durango in a rotary, causing him to run off the road and into a tree. Potrzuski was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The family was reportedly coming home from a wedding. Police said both alcohol and speed were factors; Richard Coffey was not wearing a seat belt, but Karen Coffey was.

Read article: North Attleborough man dies, stepson faces charges in crash

The article doesn’t note whether Potrzuski’s breath or blood was tested or what other evidence law enforcement may have to support the OUI charge, making it difficult to speculate on how a Massachusetts OUI defense lawyer might defend him. But under the circumstances, the criminal charges may not be the most important thing on Potrzuski’s mind. This crash killed Potrzuski’s stepfather and seriously injured his mother, something that would greatly upset most people. While criminal charges may be legally appropriate, the outcome of the crash may be punishment enough in itself for many drivers.

If the evidence that Potrzuski was driving drunk is weak, incomplete or tainted, he may be able to fight the OUI-related charges on those grounds. (Of course, that is also true of the other charges.) But even if that evidence is strong, an experienced Massachusetts drunk driving defense attorney may be able to show a judge or jury enough doubt in the district attorney’s case to get an acquittal for his client.


Based in downtown Boston, The Law Offices of Stephen Neyman represents people accused of DUI throughout greater Boston and eastern Massachusetts. Even if you believe the evidence against you is overwhelming, attorney Stephen Neyman can help mount a thorough defense in court or negotiate the best, fairest possible penalties for your situation. To learn more, you can contact the office online or call (617) 273-6800 to set up a confidential consultation.