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Teen Killed, Mass. Driver Charged With Drunk Driving

Joseph Kapp to face charges Monday in Fitchburg District Court

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    (Published Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016)

    One teenager was killed and another was hospitalized early Saturday morning in an alleged drunk driving crash in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.

    According to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., the driver of the car, Joseph Kapp, 19, of Gardner, lost control of a Mitsubishi Lancer and struck several trees on Hollis Road.

    Authorities said Austin J. Robbins, 18, of Lunenburg, died at the scene. A second passenger, Sean McNiff, 19, of Lunenburg, was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

    The principal of Lunenburg High School, Brian Spadafino, released a statement on Robbin's death:

    "The Lunenburg School Community is deeply saddened by the loss of Austin 'AJ' Robbins. AJ had an infectious personality and a smile that could light up the room. He was passionate about football and cared deeply for his teammates and coaches. AJ had a big heart and a beautiful spirit. He will be missed by his classmates, friends, and the faculty and staff of the Lunenburg Public Schools. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Robbins family."

    Kapp was not hurt in the crash. Authorities said he was later arrested and charged with motor vehicle homicide by operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation causing serious bodily injury and operating under the influence of alcohol. He is being held on $10,000 bail pending his arraignment Monday in Fitchburg District Court.

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