Massachusetts Woman Charged With Drunken Driving in Crash That Killed Tow Truck Driver
The Massachusetts woman who killed a tow truck driver this week was charged on Friday, March 16, with drunken driving.
Shiina Dionne, 28, was set to be arraigned on charges of drunken driving and motor vehicle homicide.
Dionne will also face charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, failure to wear a seat belt, and obstructing a stationary emergency vehicle, reported WCVB.
Authorities said Dionne was driving on Route 495 late on Wednesday night when she caused Dan Coady’s death.
Coady, 41, was working at the site of a crash. He was loading one of the vehicles involved in the original crash onto his flatbed when Dionne slammed into another vehicle, pushing it into him, reported WHDH.
Coady was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared him dead soon after arrival.
Essex DA: 28-y-o Shiina Dionne to be arraigned this afternoon at Tufts Medical Center in #Boston, accused of drunk driving & motor vehicle homicide while OUI in death of tow truck driver Dan Coady on 495 #Andover. #wbz pic.twitter.com/6PRP0Yxlgu
— Christina Hager (@HagerWBZ) March 16, 2018
Dionne herself was taken to Tufts Medical Center where she’s still being treated for serious injuries.
The Essex District Attorney’s Office said that she would be arraigned in her hospital bed.
Coady had been a driver with Coady’s Towing for 25 years before his death.
“He was a husband and father to his loving wife and sons. Our hearts are filled with sorrow by his loss. We ask for some privacy during these extremely trying times,” Frank Coady said in a statement, reported CBS.
Another tow truck driver at the site, reported NECN, suffered minor injuries when he fell from the top of the flatbed when the collision occurred.