The Massachusetts woman accused of causing a deadly crash while being high behind the wheel faced a judge on Tuesday.
Lynn DeWolfe, 51, of Tyngsborough, was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, her third offense, motor vehicle homicide, operating a motor vehicle to endanger and three counts of leaving the scene of property damage.
The charges stem from an August 2017 crash in Reading that resulted in the death of 42-year-old Christopher Weisz, of Bedford.
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Alexis Weisz, Christopher's widow, says the pain her family feels almost a year later won't stand in the way of their search for justice.
"His death could have been prevented," Alexis Weisz said outside of court Tuesday.
The latest court proceeding has also prompted the launch of an independent state police investigation into the circumstances surrounding what happened.
Police said DeWolfe had been erratically driving a Saab 93 sedan when she hit a Subaru Impreza on Interstate 95 north, causing that vehicle to hit a BMW K-100 RS motorcycle and two other vehicles.
Christopher Weisz was thrown from the motorcycle and later died from his injuries.
"He just wanted to go to work and now his kids have no father for the rest of their lives," said Alexis Weisz.
Multiple callers had alerted police to DeWolfe's erratic driving prior to the fatal crash. A police report also found state police had responded to a crash scene just miles away from where DeWolfe allegedly hit another vehicle but was allowed to leave the scene.
DeWolfe, who has a prior history of drunk driving offenses, was charged twice with operating under the influence, once in 1987 and again in 2005, and had multiple license suspensions for refusing chemical tests. She was also involved in at least four other crashes.
"She has had a lot more than one too many chances," Alexis Weisz said.
DeWolfe remains free on $25,000 bail from her June indictment but remains on house arrest with GPS monitoring. She is due back in court July 25 for a dangerousness hearing and again on Aug. 1.