Driver in Fatal Mansfield Car Crash Charged with Drunken Driving, Vehicular Homicide

A suspect in a fatal car crash on Route 495 in Mansfield has been arrested.

Michael Hinds, 67, of Norton, was charged with his second drunken driving offense, motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of liquor, assault and battery with a dangerous weapons, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, leaving the scene of an accident involving serious injury, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

At around 10:53 a.m. Monday morning, local and state police responded to a reported rollover on the highway. According to a preliminary investigation by the Massachusetts State Police, the drivers of a 2007 Chevrolet 2500 pickup and a 2007 Ford Ranger pickup became involved in a “road rage”-type incident as they traveled on Route 495 North.

Hinds, who was driving the Ford Ranger, allegedly made intentional contact with the other vehicle. After the collision, both vehicles used the exit 12 ramp to Route 140 and a second collision occurred, causing the Chevrolet 2500 to rollover on the ramp.

The driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the scene while his passenger was partially ejected from the vehicle. The injured party was flown to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries.

A witness at the scene was able to identify Hinds’ vehicle, which fled the scene. After Mansfield police sent the vehicle’s description to local police departments, officers in Norton were able to locate the car, conduct a traffic stop, and arrest the suspect.

Hinds is being held on $200,000 bail and will be arraigned in Attleboro District Court Tuesday morning.

The highway exit remains closed due to the crash and investigation.