For Immediate Release - May 24, 2013

Peabody Man Held On $50,000 Bail In Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

Judge Matthew Nestor ordered Michael J. Fowler, 38 of 3 Highland Terrace, Apt. 2, Peabody, held on $50,000 cash bail today following his arraignment on multiple charges in connection with a fatal motor vehicle crash in Peabody early this morning.  Fowler is charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide OUI and Negligent Operation (note that this is one charge, not two as earlier stated); OUI 2nd Offense; and Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury & Death.  A plea of not guilty was entered on Fowler’s behalf.

According the police report, at approximately 12:36 this morning, Peabody Police were notified of motor vehicle crash in the area of 86 Walnut Street.  Upon arrival, police found that a Hyundai had crashed into a parked flatbed tow truck and an EMT was tending to the front-seat passenger.  The EMT stated that he had come upon the crash as he was driving back to the ambulance company and observed a white male exit the motor vehicle and flee on foot.  The suspect was apprehended a short time later on a nearby side street.  After police questioned the suspect, identified as Fowler, they arrested him.  Fowler was transported to Salem Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and released back to the Peabody Police.

The victim, Daniel Walker, 31, of Peabody, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr. Fowler has a prior OUI offense which was continued without a finding in 2010. 

If Mr. Fowler posts bail he was ordered not to drive unless he has a valid license, to have no alcohol and submit to random screens and be monitored by GPS.  If he fails to comply with those conditions or to appear in court, he could be held for up to 60 days without bail.  Attorney John Lalikos represented him today for the bail argument only.  Mr. Fowler is scheduled to appear in court again on June 19, 2013 and is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.