Van driver faces charges in court
The surviving victim in Sunday’s fatal auto accident involving a motorcycle and a van is in a Boston hospital in a medically-induced coma, a prosecutor said Monday.
Gail B. Wentworth, 61, of Wareham, suffered head, arm and leg injuries and was flown by medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital, according to a police report. She was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon.She was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by her 62-year-old husband George, who was pronounced dead at Sturdy Memorial Hospital after the 4:15 p.m. crash Sunday.
Meanwhile, 24-year-old Adam J. Cobb, the driver of the van, was expected to be freed on $5,000 cash bail set after he pleaded innocent Monday at his arraignment in Wrentham District Court. He faces charges of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide, driving negligently and failing to yield to oncoming traffic.
Cobb, of 17 Sherman St., Apt. 7, in Foxboro, was distraught and told police he did not see the motorcycle as he crossed Central Street from Leonard Street, according to the police report.
His lawyer, Robert Costello, told the court the case was a tragic accident. He said police noted his client was not impaired or speeding at the time of the accident.
“This was an accident, your honor. There was no road rage, no reckless driving and no speeding,” Costello said.
Witnesses told police Cobb, the father of two young children, stopped at a stop sign at Leonard Street and Central Street before crossing Central Street, according to the police report.
The motorcycle, which was traveling south on Central Street, struck the passenger’s side of Cobb’s van, witnesses told police.
The motorcycle came to rest on top of the Wentworths and was lifted off by a bystander, a police officer and fire personnel.
Cobb was treated at Caritas Norwood Hospital and was later taken into custody at his apartment after an investigation by local police, state police and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.
Assistant District Attorney Kathryn Nedelman Herbst asked Judge Emogene Johnson Smith to keep the bail at $10,000 cash bail, which was set following Cobb’s arrest. But Costello recommended that Cobb be allowed to be freed on his own recognizance.
Cobb, a carpenter in East Boston, was prohibited from driving while the case is pending and cannot contact the family of the victims.
He is due back in court July 24.