Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Egregious Crash Killed Endicott College Student

Endicott College student killed in overnight crash

Driver in crash that killed Endicott College student due in court 

That's not what I saw.

Vt. man charged in crash that killed best friend" by Astead W. Herndon, Globe Staff

SALEM — Joseph Castano and Craig Sampson III had been inseparable since childhood, friends said. Now, after a weekend crash that killed Sampson, Castano is being criminally charged in his best friend’s death.

Castano, 20, was driving his father’s gray BMW sedan in Beverly early Saturday morning when he swerved off the road at high speed and into a telephone pole, police, prosecutors, and witnesses said. Sampson, a 19-year-old Endicott College sophomore riding in the passenger seat, was killed.

After the crash, Castano, a college student from Williston, Vt., registered a blood-alcohol level of .22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, authorities said. On Tuesday, he was arraigned in Salem District Court on charges of vehicular homicide, drunken driving, and illegal possession of alcohol.

Castano was vomiting after the crash, and first responders said he suffered from “acute alcohol intoxication with delirium,’’ according to court records.

Castano pleaded not guilty. His lawyer, Randy Chapman, acknowledged that “the decisions that young people make at this age are not always the wisest.’’

“The hope is that they can take away something positive,’’ he said. “But it’s hard to see what at this moment.’’

Witness statements paint a harrowing picture of the crash. Minutes before, an Endicott College police officer saw the gray BMW squealing its tires and speeding down the street, leaving a trail of burnt rubber.

Maybe he can blame the auto company for defective equipment.

Officers tried to “get the vehicle to decrease its speed,’’ according to a police report, but were unsuccessful. Moments later, pedestrians jumped from its path before it swerved across the road, through a fence, and into a telephone pole.

Video footage from a campus building confirmed the witness reports, court records say.

Mia DePrince, a 21-year-old who grew up with Castano and Sampson in Williston, Vt., recalled Castano and Sampson as real “sweethearts’’ who helped her cope with bullying.

“This hits so close to home,’’ she said. “I was so fond of both these kids.’’

Sampson was “one of the few people that was always there for me,’’ she said.

“I felt that he was definitely someone I could turn to,’’ DePrince said. “He was just the best.’’

Other friends “can’t even find the words to explain this,’’ DePrince said.

On Facebook, one friend recounted her last conversation with Castano, who said he was looking forward to visiting Sampson for the weekend.

“I could tell how excited he was from his classic smirk,’’ the friend posted....


The shell game censorship makes me MADD:

"A long languishing bill that would require first-time drunken driving offenders to operate a motor vehicle only with an ignition interlock device got a boost Tuesday from the national leader of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. MADD’s president, Colleen Sheehey-Church, said during a news conference in front of the State House, “We don’t understand why it’s taking so long to pass a lifesaving bill.”

They all probably have to get back from a vacation where they hoisted a few

What's wrong with that?