Please see the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office press release from yesterday, November 7th:
A Dracut teenager has been arraigned on charges in connection with a pedestrian crash that resulted in three victims being transported to area hospitals with serious injuries, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.
Catherine Gaudette, 17, of Dracut, was arraigned today in Lowell District Court on charges of aggravated assault and battery causing serious bodily injury (2 counts), negligent operation of a motor vehicle, impeded operation, failure to slow for a pedestrian, operating at speed greater than reasonable, and failure to drive in marked lanes. Lowell District Court Judge Lynn Rooney ordered the defendant held on $5,000 cash bail with the conditions that if she makes bail she will be placed on an ELMO bracelet with home confinement except for school, ordered to refrain from the use of drugs and alcohol and ordered not to drive.
Her next court date is December 7 for pretrial conference.
“We allege that the defendant operated her motor vehicle while she was impaired due to intentionally inhaling chemicals that resulted in her losing consciousness, causing her to strike three pedestrians, critically injuring them,” District Attorney Leone said. “The use of mind and mood altering substances amongst our youth is a serious issue. We remain committed to preventing substance use and abuse through education and training, to prevent instances such as this from happening again, by working with our community partners on the dangers of substance abuse, including using items usually found within their household.”
According to authorities, on October 9, Lowell police responded to the intersection of Mammoth Road and 8th Avenue in Lowell for reports of three pedestrians who had allegedly been struck by a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, police located the three victims who were transported to area hospitals, one in critical condition and other two were transported in serious condition. Also on scene, authorities located the defendant who was allegedly driving a 2002 Honda Accord with three passengers.
Authorities allege that the defendant was operating her motor vehicle on Mammoth Road when she struck one of the victims who was crossing the street near 8th Avenue. After striking the first victim, the defendant allegedly continued to drive approximately 50 feet, crossed over the marked lanes and struck the second and third victim who were entering a parked car on Mammoth Road It is further alleged that while driving, the defendant was inhaling vapors from a can of compressed air and allegedly lost consciousness prior to striking the three victims.
The defendant was charged on October 13 and was summons to court for an arraignment, which took place today.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Sean Casey. The Victim Witness Advocates are Andrea Trombley and Maura Ryle. This case was investigated by the Lowell Police Department and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.