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EMT: Driver in Sweet Tomatoes Crash Said Illness Was Not a Factor



    Testimony Continues in Deadly Sweet Tomatoes Crash

    The trial of a driver accused of slamming into a pizza restaurant, killing two people continued Monday.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 22, 2018)

    The third day of testimony in the trial against the man accused of driving into a Massachusetts pizza shop, killing two people, got underway on Monday.

    Brad Casler is charged with motor vehicle homicide in the March 2016 crash at Sweet Tomatoes in Newton that left 57-year-old Eleanor Miele of Watertown and 32-year-old Gregory Morin of Newton dead. Seven others were injured in the crash.

    Meriam Saim, an EMT who treated Casler, testified Monday that he told her that he didn't believe that his multiple sclerosis played a role in the crash, a claim his attorney has made in court.

    "I asked if he thought that the multiple sclerosis may have played a role in the accident, if he believed that he had a flare of sorts," said Saim. "He said, 'No.'"

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    Saim also said that Casler told her that he tried to stop, but couldn't.

    Casler's attorney has claimed his client's multiple sclerosis caused him to lose control of the vehicle.

    An accident reconstruction expert who examined Casler's vehicle also testified, saying he didn't find any issues with the SUV.

    The jury also got a look at photos showing Casler's damaged vehicle and pizza ovens that were crushed in the crash.

    Testimony continues on Tuesday morning. The jury is expected to get the case next week.

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