A Natick driver police say was reading a text and was intoxicated, has been arraigned in the death of a Randolph man in a Norfolk accident over the weekend.
Daniel Pinnick, 24, of Randolph was killed in the one-car crash Saturday, July 20, at approximately 2 a.m., according to a post on the Norfolk Police Facebook page.
Jason Seelye, 20, of Natick, pled not guilty in Wrentham District Court to motor vehicle homicide OUI-liquor or .08% and negligence; negligent operation & injury from mobile phone use; motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, marked lanes violation and electronic message, operator send/read.
Norfolk police officers responded to the bridge at City Mills for the report of a one-car motor vehicle crash. Several people were assisting the victim, according to police. Safety personnel attempted life-saving aid on Pinnick, who succumbed to his injuries.
Norfolk Police, in conjunction with the Massachusetts State Police and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, conducted a preliminary investigation and reconstruction of the scene.
Police said that Seelye, who driving a 2002 Ford Escape, told officers that prior to the crash he had been drinking at a house party in Wrentham, and that he was reading a text immediately before the crash.
After being arrested and booked by the Norfolk Police, the defendant had a breathalyzer reading of .11, police said.
The Commonwealth requested $25,000 cash bail. The defendant was released on $7,500 cash with the conditions that he remain drug and alcohol free, submit to random testing, not drive even if his license is reinstated by the Registry of Motor Vehicle, stay away and have no contact with the victim’s family or any of the witnesses, and must wear a GPS monitoring bracelet with a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be brought, police said.
The defendant is due in Wrentham District Court for a pretrial conference Aug. 21.