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Boston Wrong-Way Accident on Mass Pike Kills One Man and Seriously Injures His Friend

Two families’ lives were changed forever on Sunday morning when a tragic head-on crash on the Mass Pike claimed the life of one man and left another without an eye. As of earlier today, it was not known whether Rene Bronfield, a 49-year-old Worcester man, would survive his Boston car accident injuries. His childhood friend, whose name police has yet to release, died after he was pinned under the dashboard, which collapsed over him.

According to police, the alleged drunk driver, 33-year-old Philip Daniels, entered Interstate 90 from the wrong way in his 1995 Jeep Cherokee. He is accused of crashing head on into Bronfield’s MG near the Prudential Center tunnel. The fatal Boston motor vehicle crash occurred just before 2am.

Authorities say that Daniels, a financier for John Hancock Financial Services, had a BAC of .23, which is significantly higher than the .08 legal driving limit. The Norwood man reportedly told Massachusetts police that he was drinking beer at Lucky’s Lounge prior to the Boston auto crash.

At his arraignment, the Norwood man pleaded not guilty to motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol.

Drunken Driving Accidents
Drunk driving not only causes serious injuries and deaths, but this dangerous behavior destroys families. In addition to the victims involved in a drunk driving crash, there are the victims’ family members who must now cope with the emotional trauma brought about by losing someone they love prematurely and in such a senseless manner. Drunk driving victims and the people they love will likely spend years grappling with the consequences brought about by someone else’s negligent behavior.

You can hold a drunk driver liable for causing your serious injuries or your loved one’s death.

Financier charged in fatal Pike crash, Boston Herald, December 29, 2009
Surviving victim of wrong-way crash still critical, Telegram, December 29, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Fatalities and Fatality Rates in Alcohol- Impaired-Driving Crashes by State, 2007-2008, NHTSA (PDF)

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