Bourne, Massachusetts Drunk Driving Fatality Results in Multiple Criminal Charges

Drunk driving and other criminal charges have been filed against a 22-year-old Falmouth man who was allegedly operating under the influence of alcohol in last month’s fatal car accident on County Road, in Bourne, Massachusetts, according to police authorities. Jonathan Muir was charged in Barnstable District Court with motor vehicle homicide, motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol, two counts of causing serious bodily injury while operating under the influence of alcohol, operating negligently to endanger, operating under the influence of alcohol, speeding, and a marked lane violation, according to the Bourne Police Department.

Police allege that Muir was driving a 1984 Porsche when it veered off County Road in Bourne and slammed into a tree around 1:30 a.m. on June 29. The car crash killed passenger Cassandra Flynn-Rakos, a 21-year-old Bourne resident and nursing student at Fitchburg State College. Muir and two other passengers, Erica Pouler and Sonya Dangelo, both 21, of Bourne, were seriously injured in the car accident. Muir could face up to 15 years in prison and $5,000 in fines for the motor vehicle homicide charge while under the influence, according to Massachusetts General Laws, or up to 2 1/2 years for motor vehicle homicide. Muir, who moved to Falmouth from Meridian, Connecticut, allegedly has a history of driving infractions in both Massachusetts and in Connecticut, according to registry records from both states. Muir lost his license for almost a year for failing to complete a driver training course in Connecticut within the required time. He was ordered to take the course after being convicted of speeding and driving an unregistered vehicle in April 2007.

He ultimately finished the course, paid the fines and his license was reinstated in July 2008. Following this motor vehicle accident, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles immediately and indefinitely revoked Muir’s driver’s license.

This story, like so many others, is a tragic one. As a Massachusetts drunk driving defense lawyer, I can attest to seeing far too many of these cases. But it’s important to remember that this individual is entitled to his day in court to explain what happened and be provided with a vigorous criminal defense. Representing persons accused of OUI/DWI charges and other criminal offenses is what we specialize in at the Law Offices of William D. Kickham and Associates. If you or someone you know has been arrested for Massachusetts drunk driving or OUI/DWI charges, you need the best lawyer you can find to represent you on these charges – because you can’t rebuild the rest of your life, until you’ve first addressed these criminal charges. Call us, we can help.

The Law Offices of William D. Kickham and Associates represents persons accused of OUI, DWI, and several other criminal offenses in Massachusetts. We specialize in criminal defense, and provide coverage in all courts in eastern Massachusetts. If you or someone you know has been arrested or accused or a crime in Massachusetts, call us.