For Immediate Release - July 27, 2009

Two Men Accused Of Providing Alcohol Prior To Fatal Crash Arraigned Today In Lynn District Court

Daniel Vokey, 19, of 17 Pine Street, and Christopher Baldwin, 20, of 8 Oceanview Avenue, both of Saugus, pleaded not guilty today in Lynn District Court to providing alcohol to a minor. Baldwin also pleaded not guilty to being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Judge Stacey Fortes-White allowed them to remain free on personal recognizance, and continued their cases until August 18 for a pre-trial conference. She also ordered them not to consume any alcohol.

The two defendants allegedly provided liquor on prom night to two other Saugus teens prior to a crash that took the life of Carol Marean, 67, of and seriously injured her daughter, Charlotte Marean, 41, both of Saugus.

The women were walking their dog at about 7:30 on the morning of Saturday, May 16, when they were struck by a vehicle allegedly operated by Jonathan Caruso, 18, of 16 Indian Rock Drive, Saugus. Baldwin was a passenger in the car at the time of the crash.

Caruso was arraigned two days after the crash in Lynn District Court, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation, operating under the influence of alcohol, and being a minor unlawfully transporting alcohol. He posted $7,500 cash bail and returns to court on August 18 for a pre-trial hearing.

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

The maximum penalty for providing alcohol to a minor is one year in the House of Correction and a $2,000 fine.

Rosa Palomba, 18, of 73 Appleton St., Saugus, pleaded not guilty to being a minor in possession of alcohol. Her case was also continued until August 18 for a pre-trial hearing. That offense carries a fine of up to $50.