A man accused of driving while high on drugs and drunk, hitting and seriously injuring a pedestrian in Weymouth, Massachusetts, was arraigned from his hospital bed Wednesday.
Fifty-one-year-old Thomas Mohan of Weymouth is being held on $15,000 bail for his alleged role in a crash that left 39-year-old Michael Carfagna with life-threatening injuries.
He pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs and negligent driving. In addition to the $15,000 bail for this case, Judge Kevin O'Dea revoked Mohan's bail for a previous case involving the violation of a restraining order.
"He became unruly towards the paramedics," said Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Michael Pirrello. "Officers had to assist the paramedics in putting him on the stretcher as he attempted to get his blood on everyone, he then began to ask what was going on, and stated that he had no recollection of the crash or why he was under arrest."
Investigators say he was on drugs and his blood alcohol content was more than four times the legal limit when he slammed into another car and Carfagna.
"He was gone for a couple of days and I didn't know where he was, where he went," the suspect's mother, Claire Mohan, said.
She was distraught at the allegations and the injuries suffered by both the pedestrian and her son.
"I feel bad for him, and I feel bad for the people involved," she said. "I don't know what else to say, it was a terrible tragedy."
Friends say Carfagna was walking to a doctor appointment when he was hit.
"He's out of surgery, he's doing better, he pulled through," said Josh Nye. "They said that the majority of people probably would not have survived, so we're all thankful for that, we all thank God, but you know, he's still not out of the woods."
Nye, whose sister is engaged to Carfagna, says the victim sustained a collapsed diaphram, aorta and broken bones. his sister is Michael's fiancée.
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"He's blinking, he's moving," Nye said. "He's a real tough kid.”
Mohan is being treated for facial injuries and possible pneumonia.
The crash remains under investigation.