October 9 – SALEM, Mass. –A judge has rejected a request by a man from Lawrence accused of motor vehicle homicide to travel to New Hampshire for the Thanksgiving vacation.
Bradley Zucchino, 27, is charged with motor vehicle homicide while driving while intoxicated and related charges following a January 12, 2020 accident in North Andover that resulted in killed a mother of four and seriously injured her passenger.
While awaiting trial, Zucchino remains free without bail but must meet a series of conditions, including wearing a SCRAM unit, a remote alcohol monitor, remaining alcohol-free, undergoing random screens, and taking his prescribed medication. .
At a hearing in Salem Superior Court on Friday, Zucchino’s attorney asked Zucchino’s permission to travel to New Hampshire for the next vacation in late November.
But Judge Thomas Dreschler dismissed the claim, noting that there was little he could do if Zucchino went to New Hampshire and consumed alcohol. Additionally, Dreschler said Zucchino’s terms of release are already reasonable in light of the circumstances.
Zucchino also faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident causing injury or death, speeding and violation of marked lanes.
Yahaira Colon, 30, of North Andover was killed in the crash on January 12, 2020. Her passenger, Jessica Mercado, 32, was also seriously injured.
Colon was killed when the BMW Zucchino was driving crashed into his SUV near Waverly Road at 10:08 p.m., police said.
Mercado suffered a torn aorta, a fractured femur, knee injuries, a hip fracture and post-traumatic stress disorder, she said previously.
Zucchino’s blood alcohol level was 0.322 to 0.326, four times the legal limit of 0.08, according to a police report.
He was also injured in the crash and was visibly bleeding from his nose, police said.
Zucchino smelled of alcohol and was taken by ambulance to Lawrence General Hospital, police said.
Mercado told investigators that she and Colon were “driving on Waverly Road when an oncoming sedan swerved into their lane out of nowhere,” the report said.
“Colon tried to avoid the collision, but the oncoming car hit them head-on causing them to overturn,” the report continued.
Colon was pronounced dead at Lawrence General Hospital at 11:28 p.m. Mercado was airlifted to Boston Medical Center for treatment, according to the report.
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