Vt. Man Accused in Fatal Mass. Crash Out on Bail

Joseph Castano, 20, of Williston, will be arraigned in Salem District Court

A Vermont man arraigned Tuesday in court in connection with a fatal crash that happened near Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, is out on bail.

Joseph Castano, 20, of Williston, was arraigned in Salem District Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide by operating under the influence (liquor) and negligent operation causing death, minor in possession of alcohol, marked lanes violations and speeding.

Police say he was traveling down Hale Street early Saturday morning and crashed into a pole.

Craig Sampson, 19, also of Williston, was taken to Beverly Hospital, where he was pronounced dead after the crash, police said.

Castano was injured in the crash. Sampson and Castano were friends.

Police believe alcohol and speed played a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

The conditions of the $25,000 bail include sobriety checks, a driving ban, and no contact with the Sampson's family.

Castano will return to court on June 7 for a pre-trial hearing.

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