• Prosecutors: Driver in fatal crash was drunk, high


    WAREHAM, Mass. (AP) - A Middleborough woman prosecutors say was drunk and on heroin when her pickup truck struck another car in Lakeville over the weekend, killing the teenage driver, was ordered held on $100,000 bail Monday.

    Kathleen Allen, 23, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment in Wareham District Court to motor vehicle homicide while driving under the influence of liquor with negligence, driving under the influence of liquor with serious injury and negligence, driving under the influence of liquor, driving to endanger, and a marked lanes violation.

    The crash on Route 44 in Lakeville at about 2 a.m. Saturday took the life of Monica DeMello, 18, of Middleborough, a freshman at Gordon College in Wenham, police said.

    The impact of the crash flipped both vehicles on their roofs.

    DeMello was home visiting her family for Easter.

    A passenger in Allen's pickup truck was also hurt and flown to a Boston hospital. Her name was not made public.

    A test at the scene showed that Allen's blood alcohol level was .14, prosecutors said. The legal limit in Massachusetts is .08.

    "The family is absolutely devastated," said Ryan Benharris, a spokesman for DeMello's family. "They loved her very much. This is a young woman who never did anything wrong in her entire life. She never drank, never smoked cigarettes - was a highly religious woman."

    "This is a tragedy and a shock to all of us, especially on the eve of Easter," wrote D. Michael Lindsay, president of Gordon, a small Christian school.

    "May the blessed assurance of Monica's place with our risen Savior be a comfort in these coming days," Lindsay wrote.

    School officials said DeMello loved missionary work and had gone to Northern Ireland over Christmas Break.

    A memorial service has been scheduled at the school for Friday at 3:30 p.m.


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