The 16-year-old Jamaica Plain girl, allegedly driving her mom's mini-van without permission, was arraigned this morning in West Roxbury District Court on a variety of charges related to an Oct. 8 incident that sent a 65-year-old man to the hospital for three weeks with severe injuries that required surgery and skin grafts, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Judge Terry Craven released the teen, not named because of her age, on personal recognizance after she pleaded not delinquent to charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, using a motor vehicle without authority and operating a motor vehicle without a license, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which did not name her because of her age.
Craven also ordered her to stay away from the wheel.
In a statement, the DA's office described its case:
Evidence developed by State Police assigned to the Leverett Circle Barracks indicates that the juvenile was using her mother’s white Dodge Caravan on the afternoon of Oct. 8 while her mother was out of town.
At about 1:00, the evidence suggests, the teen took a right out of Jamaicaway Court onto the Jamaicaway when her van and the victim’s bicycle collided. The van dragged the bicycle and its rider almost 200 feet north. When the cycle finally disengaged from the van, the defendant allegedly continued traveling northbound.
The victim, also a Jamaica Plain resident, was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he stayed for about three weeks. He suffered multiple rib fractures, a punctured lung, and extensive abrasions to his face and back, [DA Daniel] Conley said.
Later on the day of the collision, State troopers observed a white van matching descriptions given by witnesses. It had damage to the front bumper, passenger’s side, and undercarriage. That vehicle was in the vicinity of the defendant’s home. State Police made contact with the rightful owner - the victim's mother - who was out of town and said that no one was to be using her van while she was away.