Fall River man charged with vehicular homicide after Rt. 24 crash

FREETOWN — A Fall River man has been charged by State Police with motor vehicle homicide, drunken driving and other charges after he crashed the car he was driving on Sunday on Route 24 southbound in Freetown, killing a 24-year-old passenger.

The crash was reported to State Police at the Dartmouth Barracks at 4:15 p.m. through multiple calls from other motorists. Responding troopers found a 1995 Honda Accord with an operator and two passengers, all of whom were transported by ambulance to area hospitals. One of the passengers, Jerry Samedy, 24, of Brockton, was pronounced dead at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, according to State Police.

After the investigation, State Police troopers charged the driver, William S. Lucas, 27, of Fall River, with motor vehicle homicide; operating under the influence of liquor, second offense; operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, subsequent offense; and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Lucas was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and remained there under State Police guard until 2 a.m. Monday, when he was released and troopers transported him to the Ash Street Jail in New Bedford. He was held pending expected arraignment Monday, State Police said in a press release.

A second passenger, Jerome Moton, 32, also was transported to Charlton Hospital with minor injuries and was released.

Preliminary investigation by Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police, assisted by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, indicates that Lucas was driving in the left lane when, north of exit 9, he crossed over the yellow fog line on the left edge of the road, over-corrected to his right, causing him to cross both travel lanes and the breakdown lane, and struck the right guardrail. Investigation indicates he then veered back to the left across both lanes, struck the left guardrail, then again veered back right across the entire road, and again struck the right guardrail, where the car came to rest facing southwest, according to police.

Troopers charged Lucas after determining he was allegedly impaired at the time of the crash.

The Bristol County State Police Detective Unit is assisting with the follow-up investigation.

The accident forced the closure of Route 24 south until about 5:55 p.m.