Driver Charged With Motor Vehicle Homicide In Fatal Worcester Crash

WORCESTER (CBS) – The driver of a car that slammed into a Worcester home killing an elderly woman inside will be charged with motor vehicle homicide.

Hari Dhakal, 39, of Worcester, will be summonsed on that charge as well as driving to endanger and speeding in the crash on Park Avenue on April 28.

Rosemary Turner, 83, died hours after becoming pinned under an SUV when her house was hit.

Investigators say they performed a detailed physical and mechanical inspection of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder after the crash. Nissan also helped investigators by helping in the forensic review of the SUV’s “black box.”

Prosecutors say all of the evidence they collected contradicted the claim Dhakal made after the crash which was that there was something wrong with the break and he jammed the break and the car didn’t stop.

Dhakal, who is getting his master’s degree, is a husband and father of two. He said he was driving to pick up his wife at the time, and drives down that road every day.

John Pappas, who was checking on his neighbor just as the SUV hit the home, was also injured in the crash.


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