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Driver Charged in Fatal Mass. Restaurant Crash Pleads Not Guilty

Bradford Casler faces two counts of motor vehicle homicide and one count of operating a motor vehicle to endanger



    (Published Monday, Sept. 19, 2016)

    The driver of an SUV that crashed through the front of a Massachusetts pizza restaurant, killing two customers, has multiple sclerosis, but the condition did not play a role, prosecutors said Monday.

    Bradford Casler, 55, of Newton, was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty Monday in Middlesex Superior Court to two counts of motor vehicle homicide and operating a motor vehicle to endanger. Prosecutors had asked for $10,000 bail.

    Casler was speeding and did not apply his brakes when he went through an intersection and crashed into Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in Newton on March 1, prosecutor Chris Tarrant said.

    Gregory Morin, 32, of Newton, and Eleanor Miele, 57, of Watertown, were killed. Seven other people were injured. The restaurant remains closed.

    Driver in Deadly Restaurant Crash Appears in Court

    [NECN] Driver in Deadly Crash at Sweet Tomatoes Appears in Court
    Bradford Casler, who was charged in a crash that left two dead and seven injured at Sweet Tomatoes in Newton, Massachusetts, has been released on personal recognizance.
    (Published Monday, Sept. 19, 2016)

    David Meier, Casler's attorney, previously said that his client's "health and physical condition could not have prevented such a tragic accident."

    Meier said Monday that he will review the information prosecutors used to say his medical condition did not cause the crash.

    Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that can cause pain, fatigue, limb numbness, dizziness and weakness.

    Casler feels "sorrow and grief" about the crash, has not driven since and likely never will again, Meier said.

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