Wellesley ER doctor charged in violent crash caught on camera


A Wellesley doctor was charged with operating under the influence of drugs and alcohol after a violent crash near a supermarket in Wellesley.

The crash happened at about 8:45 a.m. on Nov. 9. Police said Kristin Howard, 56, drove her car from the Whole Foods parking lot, through bushes, over a sprinkler system, over a sidewalk and went airborne into traffic on State Street.

Her car collided with another car waiting at a stop light. Video from a traffic camera in the area showed the force of the crash pushing the car into a truck hauling a trailer on the other side of the street.

Police said before the crash Howard had backed into a fence at Whole Foods twice.

One person was taken to the hospital with injuries. That person was treated and released.

Police said Howard had been prescribing drugs to herself and pill bottles were found in the car following the crash.

She was charged with operating under the influence of drugs and alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and possession of class E and C drugs.

The Massachusetts medical board told Fox 25 that Howard is an emergency room doctor at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. The board said she has worked there for 13 years. She was told not to come to work following the crash. The board said it would decide what to do about Howard's long-term career in medicine at some point Tuesday afternoon.

Howard will appear in court again in January.

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