DA: Teen allegedly high on marijuana charged in Natick hit-and-run

A 17-year-old boy who fled after mowing down two pedestrians in an Aug. 18 Natick crash was driving high on marijuana, authorities said.

The teenager, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, allegedly was operating a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on Washington Avenue when he struck the pedestrians on the sidewalk and fled the scene, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Natick Police Chief James Hicks said.

One of the victims, Brian Colbert, 39, has been discharged from the hospital, but the other, Kim Gunner, 51, has had seven surgeries so far at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, with more to come, said her cousin, Tony Catlin. Her jaw had to be reconstructed, her arm was shattered, and doctors are reconstructing her leg.

“We’re very happy with the arrest,” Catlin said. “The fact that the wheels of justice are turning in the right direction brings a sense of relief to the family.”

Police located the suspect vehicle at a Holliston home and later determined that the teen was the operator of the vehicle with two juvenile passengers at the time of the crash, Ryan and Hicks said. The subsequent investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash, they said.

He will be arraigned on Sept. 10 on charges of leaving the scene of personal injury, leaving the scene of property damage, two counts of operating under the influence of drugs causing serious bodily injury, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and failure to stop. Juvenile proceedings are closed to the public.

An immediate threat also has been filed with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

A GoFundMe page has been started for the victims, Catlin said, and the Greg Hill Foundation also is raising money for them.

This investigation is being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Natick police and the Massachusetts State Police Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Section. Officers from Sherborn and Holliston police departments as well as numerous members of the public that came forward also assisted in the investigation.

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