For Immediate Release - June 13, 2011

Lawrence Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Motor Vehicle Homicide

Shayna Fernandez, 21 of Lawrence, pleaded not guilty today in Lawrence District Court to two charges of motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol and operating negligently.

Judge Thomas Brennan set bail at $50,000 cash bail and continued her case until July 14 for a pre-trial hearing.  The judge also imposed a bail warning and set other conditions if she posts bail, including no alcohol, random alcohol screens, home confinement with a GPS and sobrietor, and no driving.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Colleen Cashman told the court that Fernandez was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding on Route 93 North in Andover at 6:55 Saturday morning, when her 2002 Acura RSX struck a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer driven by Francis A. O’Hanley, Jr., 62 of Saugus.

The Acura then left the roadway, went onto the center median and then re-entered the roadway, striking the Blazer a second time.  After the second impact the Blazer rolled over and came to rest in the median.

Francis O’Hanley was transported to Lawrence General Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.  Joseph Coppola, 57, of Malden, also a passenger in the Blazer, was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital, but died of his injuries that afternoon.  A third passenger in the vehicle, Timothy O’Hanley, 25 of Saugus, the driver’s son, was not seriously injured.

The maximum sentence for felony motor vehicle homicide is 15 years in state prison.  Fernandez, who was not injured, is also charged with operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, a marked lanes violation, and failure to wear a seat belt.

Fernandez is represented by Attorney Stephen Wright.

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