Nikolas Papadopoulos' defense attorney, Robert Tobin, says his client doesn't remember the September 2013 crash that seriously injured two people.
Friday in West Roxbury Municipal Court, Papadopoulos made a bold move by rejecting a plea deal for two years in prison for a chance at winning at trial.
Papadopoulos sat in the packed court room facing Municipal Court Judge Mary Ann Driscoll for recklessly driving in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood.
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Traveling at 80 m.p.h., the 19-year-old's 2003 Mazda Tribute jumped the median on the Arborway and collided with a pick-up truck seriously injuring the driver Kevin Cellucci.
According to prosecutors, Cellucci will require lifelong treatment as a result of his injuries.
Cellucci's family and friends couldn't contain their emotions when Cellucci's wife gave a video impact statement with her husband, who hasn't walked or talked since the accident, by her side.
There were three other teenagers in the car with Popodopolous at the time of the crash. One, a 14-year-old that was ejected from the car, also suffered life altering brain and spinal injuries.
Papadopoulos' lawyer admits that he was driving over the spreed limit, but rejected the plea deal for a two year sentence.
The trial will begin March 4, 2015