FALMOUTH (CBS/AP) – A former police dispatcher has been charged with driving drunk and killing a teenager on the Cape.

Prosecutors say 42-year-old Monica Mitchell of Masphee was drunk when she ran over 16-year-old Jack Pearsall Friday evening after a fireworks show.

Pearsall was walking with three friends along the side of the road when he was hit.  Mitchell then allegedly drove away.

She was stopped by police in traffic moments later.  Authorities say she had been drinking wine and failed three sobriety tests.  Her attorney said she was not aware she hit anyone and is “distraught.”

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

Pearsall was taken to a hospital in Boston on a MedFlight rescue helicopter.  He died Monday.  He was about to enter his junior year at Falmouth High School, where he played soccer.

Mitchell was arraigned Tuesday on several charges, including  motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol, driving to endanger, and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

She was released on a promise to return to court for her next hearing.

Mitchell was a dispatcher for the Falmouth police department for more than three years.  She now works for the Housing Assistance Corp.  She is a single mother with a 7-year-old daughter.

“I just think it’s ironic that the exact moment that she appeared in court was the exact – to the minute – time that my son was donating his heart,” Pearsall’s mother Kelly said outside court.

Pearsall said several of her son’s organs were harvested to help seven people.

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Comments (16)
  1. Sully says:

    “and did not know she struck someone” Yeah, right.

    Why do people who kill, get released on personal recognizance?

  2. Paul says:

    if you give drunk drivers who kill someone ,,,,life without the chance of parole,,,,within 24months there will be no more drunk drivers.

    they should not get “a second chance” …unless they can bring the victim(s) back to life.

  3. Holmes says:

    The only thing that will stop more drinking and driving is increasing the chances that people will get caught. Stiffer penalties don’t do it because people just dont think they will get caught. Cops need probably cause, so if you just do speed limit and stay in the lanes you wont get stopped.

    Allow the cops to do more random pullovers and people will be scared. I spent time in another country where it is allowed. They pulled you over, you blew the breathalyzer, and if you were clean you were back on the road in about 30 seconds. After getting stopped once, maybe mid morning and mid week, you would never dare driving after a few drinks.

  4. Robert says:

    Giving the police more power won’t work. They’re already just bullies with badges. The only thing that’ll work is a death sentence.

  5. jerry says:

    Its amazing how this lady can kill a kid and not have to post any bail but yet this kid in sutton 23years old killed a mother of 2 teens and he had to post $8,000 thousand dollors . Why are these 2 drunks not in jail period for killing these people for driving drunk? what i do not understand is in mass you can get caught driving drunk 15 times and still have a liscens .The laws in mass is so laxed its not funny its a shame you can drive drunk and kill people and still walk the streets , whats wrong with the picture.

    1. Jean says:

      It’s all about who you know. Not fair, but that’s the way it always seems to play out.

  6. Lucy says:

    I would look to the lawmakers. Are they prone to drinking and driving and/or have friends (powerful associates) who also do the same?

    I think all people should be very careful when walking along the road and walk single file – against traffic so they can see what is going on.

    You have to take responsibility for yourself and that includes watching out for irresponsible people.
    Be safe.

    There is no excuse for drunk driving or negligent or distracted/sleep deprived driving. A vehicle can be a weapon.

    1. Leah says:

      That’s no guarantee you won’t get hit. THat’s exactly how this kid was walking along the road, single file against traffic, watching for “irresponsible people”. His friends walking single file were able to jump out of the way in time, but he didn’t make it. Just those few second were the difference between life and death. This woman makes me sick.

  7. shotime says:

    It is so sad to think of Jack Pearsall’s family, while they bury and mourn the death of their teenage son, this irresponsible woman is able to hold her daughter and live her life, freely! Just sickening! There is absolutely no excuse for drinking and driving!!!!

    1. Tony the Tiger says:

      I agree with you that this is a tragedy for the Pearsall family, yet how do you figure she is going to live her life freely? She has numerous charges still to face and the likelyhood of either jail time and/or community service and/or her license being suspended or revoked. I am not condoning what she did, but to say she is going to live her life freely before she even faces the judge for her charges is a false assumption to male.

      1. petem says:

        Tony, are you really creating an equivalency between what she faces and the death of this kid?

  8. Jean says:

    Until people stop drinking and driving period, then these tragic events will continue. People need to take personal responsibility for their actions. This could happen to anyone who drinks and drives. Drunk driving is 100% preventable.

  9. jaygee says:

    Did I read that correctly? “She was released on a promise to return to court”.
    Who’s the judge, her uncle?

  10. Sven says:

    Clearly she is shagging someone in the court house. What she commited was murder just not premeditated. Off with her head

  11. Traci L Robbins says:

    How does she get out of jail on a notice to appear ? What clowns are running that D.A.’s office ?

  12. taxedout says:

    Tpical Mass judge, unless it was His kid!!!! Almost another year gone by with countlless More drunk driving deaths and Still no new legislation. Yeah right it’s your duty to look out for the druvks. It’s your duty to watch your kid outside playing if there are 5 or 6 sex offenders on your street. You folks better start changing your lives so these killers, drunks, rapest, robbers can continue to do thier thing…Please think before you are murdered!!!!

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