Teen Could Face Charges After Accident Kills Man, Dog in Mass. - NECN

Teen Could Face Charges After Accident Kills Man, Dog in Mass.



    Teen could face charges after accident kills man, dog in Mass.

    17-year-old Colin O'Hearne could be charged after police say he lost control of car and struck and killed man and dog in North Easton, Mass. (Published Friday, Feb. 21, 2014)

    (NECN: Alysha Palumbo,  Easton, Mass.) - A horrific crash on Summer Street in Easton, Mass. claimed the life of a man just out walking his dog Labor Day morning.

    Police say 17-year-old Colin O'Hearne lost control of this SUV, striking 71-year-old George Power and his dog before slamming into trees and crashing into a utility pole across the street.

    Fire officials say O'Hearne was returning home from football practice at the school down the street when the accident happened.

    Witness Rosemarie McGowan said, "I heard a loud crash and I came out and looked and seen the car accident and someone laying on my lawn, so I quickly yelled out to my boyfriend to call 9-1-1 and I put on my shoes and I came running out to see if I could help in any way."

    McGowan said it was clear the man was seriously injured and his dog had been killed.

    Paramedics rushed Power to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton, but he didn't make it.

    "I was pretty devastated, I wish I could have done more, but seeing that his injuries were so severe, there really wasn't very much I could do," said McGowan.

    Neighbors said this isn't the first time there's been a bad accident on the stretch of roadway.

    Elizabeth Kaye, who heard the crash, said, "Just a year or two ago there was a fiery crash just on the other side of the intersection."

    Neighbor Chris Boudreau said, "Just over the winter this tree here was taken out and the pole immediately behind it just from somebody who was flying down the street."

    They said sidewalks were put in to try to make walking safer.

    Neighbor Stephen Kaye said, "I thought that now that we have sidewalks which were recently put in for the town of Easton on that particular street that this would not happen, but I didn't realize that people were still going rather fast there."

    The Bristol County District Attorney's office is investigating the crash.

    Summer Street was shut down for four hours Monday as a Massachusetts State Police reconstruction team investigated the fatal accident.

    O'Hearne has not been charged, but police said charges will be sought in Taunton District Court pending the outcome of the investigation.

    O'Hearne was transported to Brockton Hospital after the crash to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.