For Immediate Release - November 15, 2012

Salem Woman Pleads Guilty to Motor Vehicle Homicide

Angelique Griffin, 25, of Salem, pled guilty today in Salem District Court to a felony charge of motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol and negligently, in connection with a motor vehicle crash, which killed her passenger Dillon Renard, 19, of Danvers.  The lesser included charges of operating under the influence and negligent operation were dismissed as a matter of law.

Judge Michael Lauranzano imposed the maximum district court sentence of two and half years in the House of Correction with two years to be served and the balance suspended for 7 years.  Upon her release, Griffin will be under house arrest for 6 months with a sobrietor.  She was also ordered not to drive, to remain alcohol free and be subject to random screens for the duration of her probation.  She must also complete any treatment deemed necessary by the Probation Department.  The Registry of Motor Vehicles will suspend her license for 15 years as a result of this conviction.  This sentence was agreed upon by both parties.

Had the case gone to trial, Essex Assistant District Attorney Jane Prince would have proven that Griffin was driving Renard home in the early morning hours of July 16, 2012 and crashed into an illegally parked flatbed tow truck on Boston Street in Salem.  Renard was pronounced dead at the scene.  An autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner concluded that he died from blunt head and neck trauma and had a blood alcohol level of .24.  Griffin was taken to Salem Hospital for minor injuries where she agreed to a blood test which revealed that she had a blood alcohol level of .14.  Griffin admitted to police at the scene that she had been drinking.

Prince said that the District Attorney’s Office reviewed the evidence in the case with the victim’s family and police investigators in developing its sentencing recommendation.

“This tragic case illustrates all too well how drinking and driving not only cuts short a young life but has a lasting impact on surviving family members and friends,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.

Griffin was represented by Attorney Scott Dullea.