Saturday night was supposed to be a night that would provide a lifetime of enjoyable memories and stories for the teenagers going to the Saugus, Massachusetts senior prom. Jonathan Caruso was one of the students attending. He apparently went to the prom and with other students was bused to a Boston Harbor cruise, a tradition at Saugus High School. Students were checked for alcohol and given breath tests before the prom and the cruise. They were bused back to the high school where they returned at 4:00 a.m. Caruso then left with two other students. However, at 7:30 a.m. tragedy struck when the car Caruso was driving swerved onto a sidewalk near Essex Street and Grove Street, hit a street sign, telephone pole and bush and struck and killed Carol Marean and severely injured her daughter. Now, Jonathan Caruso stands charged with motor vehicle homicide, OUI and a minor transporting alcohol. The case is currently pending in the Lynn District Court.
Motor Vehicle Homicide in Massachusetts can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. The felony version of this crime carries a fifteen year maximum state prison sentence. The misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide aspect of the statute makes the maximum sentence two and one half years in the house of correction. It is not yet clear how the district attorney in this case has charged Jonathan Caruso. One thing that you can be sure of however is that the prosecution will be looking for him to serve some sort of sentence involving incarceration if he is convicted of this crime. That request is routine in Massachusetts where someone is killed as a result of a drunk driver. The critical issues in this case will likely be the amount of alcohol consumed by Caruso, the hours during which it was consumed and the manner in which he was operating at the time of the crash.
Attorney Stephen Neyman has defended OUI Motor Vehicle Homicide charges and all other types of driving related crimes for over twenty years. As a former prosecutor Attorney Neyman knows what the district attorney will focus on in preparing his case. We believe that having worked on both sides provides our office with a distinct advantage in defending criminal cases in Massachusetts. If you have been charged with OUI or OUI Motor Vehicle Homicide in Massachusetts call us now at 617-263-6800 or contact us online.