YARMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) – A South Yarmouth man is facing serious charges after allegedly striking two pedestrians, killing one of them.
Yarmouth police said that 55 year-old Paul Dennehy was driving a van on Route 28 near the Parkers River Bridge at about 11:45 p.m. when he struck two pedestrians who were walking on the side of the road.
Police said that one of them, a 62 year-old Westfield woman, had suffered a serious head injury but was able to talk to the first-arriving officer. The other victim was found on his back in the middle of the road with very serious injuries.
That victim, identified as 62 year-old Kevin Regan of Westfield, was pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital.
Dennehy stopped after the crash; police said he appeared intoxicated and admitted to drinking earlier in the evening. He failed a field sobriety test at the scene.
Dennehy is being charged with motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence, and operating under the influence with serious injury resulting.
He will be arraigned Monday morning in Barnstable District Court.
This was the second fatal motor vehicle accident in just 24 hours in Yarmouth: police charged 33 year-old James Rebello III of Yarmouth after a crash on Blue Rock Road that killed his passenger, 28 year-old Steven Berrio.
Police said Rebello was “traveling at an extremely high rate of speed” north on North Main Street when he struck the curb of a traffic island, then a boulder, and eventually a pine tree. Berrio was thrown from the car and pronounced dead at the scene, while firefighters had to free Rebello from the driver’s seat.
An earlier version of this report incorrectly listed Mr. Dennehy’s age and hometown.