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DA: Natick Man Was Drinking, Texting Before Fatal Norfolk Crash

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NORFOLK, Mass. — A Natick man was arraigned on several charges Monday in connection with a fatal crash early Saturday morning on Main Street.

At about 2 a.m. Saturday, Norfolk Police officers were dispatched to a one-vehicle crash at 364 Main St., the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office said in a prepared statement. When the officers arrived, they found Good Samaritans trying to help a crash victim, Daniel Pinnick, 24, of Randolph. Pinnick died at the scene.

An investigation conducted by the Norfolk Police, Massachusetts State Police and the DA’s office determined Jason Seelye, 20, of Natick, was driving the 2002 Ford Escape involved in the crash. He admitted to police that he had been drinking at a house party in Wrentham before the crash and was reading a text immediately before the collision, the DA’s office said.

Seelye was arrested and registered a Breathalyzer reading of .11.

The Natick man was arraigned Monday on five charges, including motor vehicle homicide OUI-liquor as well as negligent operation and injury from mobile phone use. He pleaded not guilty.

Seelye was released on $7,500 cash bail on conditions including that he remain drug- and alcohol-free, submit to random testing and not drive even if his license is reinstated by the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be brought, the DA’s office said. Seelye faces a pretrial hearing Aug. 21.

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