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Driver in Special Needs Van Crash Held on $5,000 Bail

Addis Gabriel Woldeguiorguis will appear in court again on Aug. 19

Updated 4:45 p.m.

The driver in was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail today at his arraignment in Newton District Court. 

Addis Gabriel Woldeguiorguis, 51, of Dorchester, was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs when he crashed a van into the back of a garbage truck on Highland Street. The van was  carrying 12 special needs adults on their way to the Barry Price Rehabilitation Center in West Newton.

According to the Middlesex County District Attorney's office, Woldeguiorguis' bail was set on the condition that he does not drive.

Following the accident, Woldeguiorguis and two others were transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The other passengers were transported to Newton-Wellesley Hospital. According to fire officials, none of the injuries were life-threatening. 

According to the DA's office, authorities allege that the defendant was driving the van while under the influence of Oxycodone. During the investigation, officials found an empty Oxycodone prescription bottle, as well as crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. 

Newton Police Lt. Bruce Apotheker told Patch this afternoon that those transported to Beth Israel were still in the hospital as of this morning.

Woldeguiorguis will appear again in court on August 19 for a pre-trial conference, the DA's office said.

Denise J. Dubé October 12, 2011 at 09:49 PM
This just begs the question: Should those who transport our special needs children and adults be drug and alcohol tested on a regular basis?

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