For Immediate Release - May 18, 2009

Saugus Teen Pleads Not Guilty To Motor Vehicle Homicide

Jonathan Caruso, 18, of16 Indian Rock Drive, Saugus, pleaded not guilty today in Lynn District Court to charges of motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation, operating under the influence of alcohol, and being a minor unlawfully transporting alcohol.

Judge Michael Lauranzano set bail at $7,500 cash and continued the case until July 7 for a pre-trial hearing. In addition to setting bail, the judge placed Caruso on pre-trial probation and imposed several conditions. Caruso will be on a GPS bracelet. He was ordered to refrain from alcohol or drug use, and is subject to random screens. He must also observe a curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. In addition, Caruso is forbidden from driving while this case is pending, and was ordered to surrender his license.

At approximately 7:30 Saturday morning, Caruso was operating a motor vehicle which struck two pedestrians walking their dog at the corner of Essex and Grove Streets. Carol Marean, 67, of Saugus, died at the scene of the crash. Her daughter, Charlotte Marean, 41, also of Saugus, is in fair condition in a Boston hospital.

Caruso had taken part the previous evening and that morning in the Saugus High School prom activities, first at the Danversport Yacht Club, and later aboard the Spirit of Boston cruise ship.

Two other teenagers who were in the car at the time of the collision have not been charged.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Christina Ronan represented the Commonwealth at arraignment. Caruso was represented by two defense lawyers, Attorney Patrick Troy of Lynn and Attorney James McCall of Boston.

The case remains under investigation by Saugus and State Police departments.

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