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

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

The teenager, whose name was not released mainly 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 Lawyer Marian Ryan and Natick Police Chief James Hicks stated.

1 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 Health-related Center in Boston, with a lot more to come, stated her cousin, Tony Catlin. Her jaw had to be reconstructed, her arm was shattered, and physicians are reconstructing her leg.

“We’re really satisfied with the arrest,” Catlin stated. “The truth that the wheels of justice are turning in the correct path brings a sense of relief to the household.”

Police situated the suspect automobile at a Holliston residence and later determined that the teen was the operator of the automobile with two juvenile passengers at the time of the crash, Ryan and Hicks stated. The subsequent investigation revealed that the driver was beneath the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash, they stated.

He will be arraigned on Sept. ten on charges of leaving the scene of private injury, leaving the scene of house harm, two counts of operating beneath the influence of drugs causing critical bodily injury, operating a motor automobile with a suspended license and failure to cease. Juvenile proceedings are closed to the public.

An quick threat also has been filed with the Registry of Motor Cars.

A GoFundMe web page has been began for the victims, Catlin stated, and the Greg Hill Foundation also is raising income for them.

This investigation is becoming carried out by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Workplace, Natick police and the Massachusetts State Police Crash Evaluation and Reconstruction Section. Officers from Sherborn and Holliston police departments as nicely as various members of the public that came forward also assisted in the investigation.

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