Police: Westford Woman in Fatal Crash Was Drunk
WESTFORD -- The Westford woman who drove the wrong way on Interstate 495 causing a head-on crash that killed a Worcester man earlier this month was under the influence of alcohol, authorities say.
Julie Gagnon-Erickson, 45, is charged with felony motor vehicular homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol in connection with the June 8 crash that killed 35-year-old Raming Medina Cabreja, according to a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
Gagnon-Erickson was arraigned in Ayer District Court on Wednesday, where Judge Barbara Pearson released Gagnon-Erickson on her own recognizance.
The 45-year-old was ordered to remain under house arrest, and to not consume un-prescribed medication or alcohol. She must also surrender her passport and undergo a mental health evaluation.
Gagnon-Erickson is slated to reappear in court July 27.
State police received several calls reporting a motor vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the wrong direction on Interstate 495 in Westford at around 2 a.m. June 8. The vehicle was heading northbound in the southbound lanes of the highway near Route 119 in Littleton, according to state police.
Shortly after, police received a report of a two-car crash near the Boston Road exit in Westford.
Trooper Christopher Lopilato arrived at the scene, where he found a 2018 Nissan Rogue, driven by Gagnon-Erickson, crashed head-on into a 2017 Honda Civic driven by Cabreja.
The 35-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Gagnon-Erickson was transported by ambulance to an area hospital.
In addition to being intoxicated and driving the wrong way, a preliminary investigation suggests the Westford woman was driving at speeds reaching approximately 80 mph, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Gagnon-Erickson could not immediately be reached for comment.
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