• Police: Natick man admitted to drinking, reading text prior to fatal crash


    NORFOLK, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Police say a 20-year-old from Natick who is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol admitted he was reading a text message just before a crash that killed a man from Randolph.

    Norfolk police responded to the area of 364 Main Street at about 2 a.m. Saturday on reports of a single-car crash. Upon arrival, they found several people helping 24-year-old Daniel Pinnick, who was injured in the crash.

    Pinnick died as a result of his injuries after emergency crews tried to administer life saving aid.

    Police say the driver of the car, 20-year-old Jason Seelye, admitted he had been drinking at a house party in Wrentham and was reading a text message just before crashing the 2002 Ford Escape. Seelye reportedly had a blood alcohol content level of .11 after taking a breathalyzer at the police station.

    Seelye is facing charges that include motor vehicle homicide OUI-liquor or .08-percent and negligence, negligent operation and injury from mobile phone use, motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, marked lanes violation, and electronic message, operator send or read.

    The 20-year-old was released on $7,500 cash bail under the conditions that he remain drug and alcohol free, submit to random testing, refrain from driving even if his license is reinstated by the RMV, have no contact with Pinnick's family, and wear a GPS monitoring bracelet. Seelye must also abide by a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.

    Seelye is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Aug. 21. Additional charges may be brought at the conclusion of an ongoing investigation.

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