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Man Charged in Deadly Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant Crash to Change Plea

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    Survivors in a deadly pizza restaurant crash in Massachusetts delivered powerful victim impact statements Wednesday morning.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017)

    A man charged in connection to a deadly pizza restaurant crash in Massachusetts is changing his plea.

    Bradford Casler, 55, previously pleaded not guilty to two counts of motor vehicle homicide and operating a motor vehicle to endanger after allegedly crashing into the Sweet Tomatoes restaurant's West Newton location in March 2016.

    The crash killed 32-year-old Gregory Morin of Newton and 57-year-old Eleanor Miele of Watertown and injured seven others, including three who were seriously injured.

    Survivors delivered powerful victim impact statements Wednesday morning.

    Morin's wife told the court about his young daughter he left behind.

    "Every milestone will be bittersweet because Greg should be here to see it," Erica Morin said.

    She added, "I lost my husband my daughter lost her father he lost everything, we lost the chance to grow a family…in the simplest of terms, joy has been taken from our lives.”

    Gabrielle Moreira, an employee who was injured in the crash, said, "I felt frightened and all alone and I used to go to the kitchen and bathroom alone, I used to feel safe here but now I no longer feel the same way.”

    Robert Miller, Casler's Rabbi, said, "He has been devastated he seems to be to me as one who is grieving, mourning for the past two years."

    Before Casler formally changes his plea the court will also hear from medical experts next week.

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