MANSFIELD, Mass. (WPRI) — The man accused of driving drunk and intentionally crashing into another vehicle was ordered held on $75,000 cash bail during his arraignment Tuesday afternoon.
Michael Hinds, 67, was arraigned on several charges, including operating under the influence, third offense, in connection with the crash that killed Jarrad Aronne, 37, of Foxboro.
Aronne’s fiancee, Tricia Santos, sat in the front row of the courtroom, tears welling in her eyes.
“I had to see the person that destroyed my family,” she said outside of court.
According to Massachusetts State Police, Hinds and Aronne were involved in a “road rage” type incident while they drove north on I-495 near Mansfield. Police said evidence indicates Hinds intentionally made contact with Aronne’s vehicle. Then, as both pickup trucks took the Exit 12 ramp, they collided again and Arrone’s truck flipped over. Arrone was pronounced dead at the scene.
“He was my world. He was my best friend. He was my soul mate, and we’re just going to miss him terribly,” added Santos.
Aronne’s passenger, police said, was flown to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries. He has since been released.
Police said Hinds drove off and was later arrested at his home. According to prosecutors, police seized several empty nip bottles in his truck along with four open cans of beer, three of which were empty.
Eyewitness News has learned this is Hind’s third DUI. A revelation that angered Aronne’s loved ones.
“Why was he allowed to get away with it? Why did it have to be a second offense? Why didn’t what happened the first time get handled properly? People are too lax with drunk drivers,” said Andrea Aronne.
Hinds is due back in court in December.