Christopher Barrow, 19, of Scituate, pleaded guilty today to motor vehicle homicide, a year after a crash that put him in a wheelchair and killed his passenger, Timothy Mahoney, 16, of Scituate.
A Scituate teenager pleaded guilty today to motor vehicle homicide, a year after a crash that put him in a wheelchair and killed another teenager.
Christopher Barrow, 19, of 5 Bonnie Briar Circle, was sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty in Quincy District Court. Timothy Mahoney, 16, of Scituate, was a passenger in Barrow’s Toyota Tundra last February when it crashed on Route 3A in Cohasset.
Mahoney, who played hockey for Scituate High, was killed on Feb. 2, 2008 and Barrow was left a paraplegic.
Barrow was scheduled for trial today but entered the guilty plea before Judge Mark Coven. He was also ordered to perform 125 hours of community work service and lost his driver’s license for 15 years.
The motor vehicle homicide charge carries a maximum sentence of 2 ½ years.
Police found a bottle of Kahlua liquor in the truck, but Barrow was not charged with drunken driving. His blood-alcohol level was 0.06 percent, which is below the legal limit of 0.08.
“The accident was a tragedy by all accounts,” Barrow’s attorney, Robert Jubinville said. “Mr Barrow will be in a wheelchair, a paraplegic, and a friend who was in the car was killed. This was a tragedy for two families.”
Coven dismissed two counts of being under 21 in possession of liquor and found Barrow not responsible on a speeding complaint. A responsible finding on a complaint of failing to wear a seatbelt was placed on file.
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