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May 31, 2013

23-year-old admits guilt to speeding, driving drunk

HAVERHILL — A local woman was sentenced to three years in jail in connection with a car crash that killed one person and injured three others.

Brooke Uttley, 23, was driving drunk when her speeding car hit a utility pole in Woburn, killing her friend Ashley Donahue, 20, of Bridgewater. The crash happened on Dec. 3, 2011.

Uttley of Haverhill has pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court to charges of felony motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury.

A release from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said, “The defendant took responsibility for causing a terrible crash which took the life of a talented, kind and joyful young woman and seriously injured others. This was a horrific, and entirely avoidable, incident which has forever altered the lives of everyone involved.’’

Middlesex Superior Court Judge Jane Haggerty sentenced Uttley to two years in jail on the felony motor vehicle homicide charge, to be followed by one year in jail on the serious bodily injury charge. Uttley received an additional one year in jail suspended for four years.

Police said that about 2:20 a.m. on Dec. 3, 2011, officers from Ashland and Framingham responded to 3 Badger Road in Framingham for reports of a crash. Police found a Honda Civic that had significant damage, but no people inside. The car’s air bags had been deployed and the rear window was shattered, police said. The car had hit a utility pole, police said.

Police discovered that three people who had been in the car were at a nearby home. They were then taken to MetroWest Medical Center, where they were treated for their injuries. One of those victims sustained serious injuries which affect her mobility and caused her to lose vision in her right eye.

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