Driver held on $100k bail in deadly Lakeville crash
LAKEVILLE, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police say a Middleborough woman was drunk and on heroin when her pickup truck struck another vehicle over the weekend, killing the 18-year-old college freshman driving.
Kathleen Allen was held on $100,000 bail after pleading not guilty Monday in Wareham District Court to charges including drunken driving and motor vehicle homicide.
Police say the 23-year-old Allen struck another vehicle head-on Route 44 in Lakeville just after 2 a.m. Saturday. Allen told investigators she had three shots of alcohol earlier in the evening.
“She specified the drug of her choice that evening was heroin,” said Mary Nguyen, prosecutor. “When asked how she used heroin that night, she indicated, ‘I shooted up.’”
The driver of that other vehicle, 18-year-old Monica Demello of Middleborough, was pronounced dead at the scene. Allen's passenger was injured and flown to a Boston hospital.
Demello was a freshman at Gordon College in Wenham visiting her family for Easter.
Gordon College President D. Michael Lindsay called Demello's death "a tragedy and a shock" to the entire community.
Allen’s mother had no comment as she left court. Allen’s roommate, however, spoke out Monday saying she has had her share of troubles and that he was trying to help her.
“She’s not a bad person. I mean, when she’s sober,” said Mark Daly, suspect’s roommate.
According to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, Allen’s driving record includes two accidents in Middleboro since 2010 that were her fault.
Demello’s former coworkers who visited the scene of the fatal crash are devastated.
“Just a few days ago I was thinking, ‘When is she going to come back?’ and it’s not going to happen,” said Sophia Bennett, Demello’s friend.
Demello's funeral will be held on Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.