Alleged Drunk Driver Arraigned for Crash that Killed Local Man
The East Boston man involved in the alleged drunk driving accident that claimed the life of a local musician was arraigned last week in Lynn District Court.
The East Boston man accused of killing a local man while speeding and driving drunk on the Lynnway last October was recently arraigned in Lynn District Court on a slew of charges related to the incident.
Daniel E. Murillo-Robles, 21, of 1055 Sarasota St., East Boston, pleaded not guilty last week to charges of vehicular homicide while driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle resulting in serious bodily injury and three counts of delivering alcohol to a minor.
The alleged drunk driving accident claimed the life of Neil Buckley, 58, formerly of 44 High St., Marblehead, who pulled his 2001 Chevrolet van out of the Porthole Restaurant parking lot around midnight on Oct. 16, 2011, when he was struck by a 2008 Acura TL sedan operated by Murillo-Robles.
The impact from the collision reportedly caused Buckley's van to explode and emergency responders found the vehicle fully-engulfed in flames when they arrived on scene, according to court documents.
Buckley, who had just finished playing the drums with his band Soul Machine at the restaurant, allegedly suffered severe second and third-degree burns to most of his body and spent more than two months fighting for his life at Mass General Hospital in Boston before succumbing to injuries sustained in the accident and passing away on Dec. 30.
Murillo-Robles, who was transporting three juveniles, was allegedly coming from a party in Everett and was heading to the beach when he struck Buckley's van. One of the underage passengers in Murrillo-Robles' car told police all four of them had been drinking liquor while he was driving and that he was driving erratically, according to court documents.
The passenger also reportedly told police that Murillo-Robles was drinking alcohol out of a plastic cup at the time of the accident.
State police reportedly recovered an empty bottle of Ciroc Liquor and a full bottle of Ciroc Liquor from inside Murillo-Robles' vehicle and also found four plastic cups, suggesting he and his passengers were drinking at the time of the crash.
When his blood was tested at Salem Hospital, Murrillo-Robles reportedly registered a blood alcohol content of 0.14, which is almost twice the legal limit, and a state police accident reconstruction team determined that Murillo-Robles was traveling at approximately 80 mph when he struck Buckley's van.
Several witnesses who were driving on the Lynnway at the time of the accident reportedly told police they saw Murillo-Robles' car swerving in and out of traffic and traveling at a high rate of speed, according to court documents.
Judge Albert S. Conlon set Murillo-Robles' bail at $2,500, an amount he posted on the day of his arraignment. He was released on the condition that he submit to random alcohol screenings, not drive a motor vehicle and stay away and have no contact with the witnesses in the case.
He is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 11 for a pretrial hearing.