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Driver Accused of Causing Fatal Newton Car Accident Had Just Been Released from Jail an Hour Before

According to police, 21-year-old Evan Hoffman had just been released from jail on bail an hour before his Jeep Cherokee crossed the double yellow lines on Beacon Street to crash head-on into a minivan shortly after 6am on June 26. The Newton car accident claimed the life of the van’s driver, Chelsea resident Jose Puzul-Peres. Hoffman has not been charged In the Massachusetts traffic crash, which is still under investigation.

Hoffman, however, was arrested at around 3am that day for allegedly kicking cars and smashing windshields on Beacon Street. According to police, the 21-year-old Newton resident was shirtless, swinging a belt at the windshields, and yelling at women on the street. He was arrested and charged with three counts of destruction of property and disorderly conduct. A bail bondsman then helped him get out of jail.

It was just on June 24 that Hoffman had gotten back the use of his driver’s license, after a one-year suspension, and was released from probation for a 2008 drunk driving conviction involving him crashing his mother’s vehicle and leaving the car accident site. Also, according to Registry of Motor Vehicles records, during the time that Hoffman’s license was suspended he was involved in a New York car accident. The records also indicate that the registration of the Jeep he was driving during the Newton car accident that killed Puzul-Peres had been revoked.

To determine who is liable for causing your Boston, Massachusetts car accident, it is important that you consult with a Boston injury law firm to explore your legal options. There may be more than one party who should be held liable. You have three years from the time of injury to file your Massachusetts personal injury lawsuit.

Driver in fatal Newton crash had prior accident with suspended license, Wicked Local, July 2, 2010
Police: Man Smashing Windshields In Fatal Crash, WCVB Boston, July 2, 2010

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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety