DA: Woman arraigned on OUI charge in Dracut crash that killed 1 person and injured 8 others

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A New Hampshire woman was arraigned from a Boston hospital Wednesday in connection with a fatal multi-vehicle crash in Dracut. during the Weekendaccording to the authorities.

Maria Martorell, 36, of Manchester, New Hampshire, is charged with negligent operation while under the influence of alcohol, causing vehicular homicide, operating under the influence (her second offense), operating under the influence of alcohol causing child endangerment, and negligent operation. , and specific corridors. violation.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office says Martorell was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee eastbound on Route 110 toward Methuen when she drifted over the yellow line and struck several vehicles, causing a chain-reaction collision.

82-year-old Maria Rivera Mercado, a passenger in Martorell’s Jeep, was pronounced dead at the scene. All occupants of the other cars involved in the accident were transported to area hospitals with varying injuries.

In all, police say four cars carrying a total of 10 people were involved in the accident.

Authorities say Martorell smelled of alcohol at the scene and was showing signs of weakness. She was also hospitalized.

Martorell’s dangerousness hearing is scheduled for Jan. 29 in Lowell District Court. The DA’s Office says it will be held virtually.

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