Woman accused in Salem fatal accident has no prior record

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June 18, 2012, 5:36 pm

(NECN: John Moroney, Salem, Mass.) - Angelique Griffin is in trouble: charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and killing Dillion Renard.

The 19-year-old man's family and friends wore T-shirts with his picture for the suspect's arraignment this morning in Salem District Court - heartbreaking for his father and everyone who knew him.

Captured on surveillance video, the crash happened around 3:30 Saturday morning when the defendant's vehicle smashed into the back of a tow truck. Renard was sitting in the passenger's seat and Griffin was giving him a ride home.

 In court: the prosecutor said the defendant admitted she had been drinking.  

Renard's family said he did not know Griffin, who told investigators after the accident that the victim had been making sexual advances toward her

A single mother with 2-year-old twins, the 25-year-old defendant has no criminal record.

Griffin was held on $50,000 following her arrest this weekend. In court: Judge Michael Laurenzano reduced her bail at $10,000 - a move the victim's family found to be unfair and upsetting.

Tags: Salem, John Moroney, Mass., Angelique Griffin, Dillon Renard, Salem fatal 6/16
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