25-year-old woman faces multiple charges, including motor vehicle homicide while under influence of alcohol
A state police accident reconstruction team is investigating the early Saturday morning accident that left a Danvers man dead and a Salem woman facing multiple charges, including motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol.
Dillon Renard of Kirkbride Drive in Danvers died just days before his 20th birthday, after the car in which he was a passenger hit a flatbed tow truck on Boston Street shortly after 3:30 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
Angelique Griffin, 25, of 30 Pleasant St., Salem, was arrested at Salem Hospital shortly after being taken there with minor injuries.
“It appeared that she was intoxicated,” Lt. Scott Englehardt said.
Police drew blood from Griffin, but the results of a toxicology test have not been released.
In addition to homicide, she has been charged with drunken driving, driving negligently to endanger and having an open container in the vehicle.
Griffin’s 2002 PT Cruiser slammed into a corner of the tow truck in front of All Star Towing, virtually destroying the passenger side of the vehicle.
“The impact was on his side of the car,” Englehardt said.
The tragedy was captured on the tow company’s surveillance camera, and a shadowy image of the collision has been played by Boston news programs. So far, no eyewitness has come forward.
“When we got there,” Englehardt said, “she was out of the car and yelling for help.” Griffin did not have a prior police record.
Friends and family of Renard held a vigil in his honor on Saturday night.
At one time, Renard had wanted to play football at Salem High School, an ambition he never fulfilled. He is quoted in The Salem News in 2007 when the then-15-year-old attended a clinic that included Patriots player Andre Tippett.
“I want to play, and this made me think about the (non-football) decisions I’m going to have to make,” he said at the time.