Details Emerge in Fatal Route 24 Accident
Funeral arrangements have been made for Maureen O'Brien-Ellis
The Easton resident of 27 years who died after she was ejected from a vehicle struck by an alleged drunk and drugged driver over the weekend will be remembered with a visitation period at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by a Celebration of Life at 4:30 p.m. at Kane Funeral Home.
Maureen O'Brien-Ellis will be revered as a loving wife to the late Joseph Ellis, who died of esophogeal cancer in January, and as a loving aunt, sister and cousin.
"Aunt 'Moe Moe' will forever be remembered and deeply missed by her many nieces and nephews," her Kane Funeral Home obituary reads.
O'Brien-Ellis' family asked that in lieu of flowers in her memory, donations be delivered to Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Massachusetts.
Court documents reveal that Patricia Neville-Colp, 48, of Bridgewater, the woman whose vehicle collided with the KIA driven by O'Brien-Ellis' brother-in-law Steven Cadoff, 64, of Sharon, failed five sobriety tests that night. Ellis-O'Brien's sister, Martha, 63, of Sharon was also a passenger in the car. Both were treated at Boston Medical Center and released the next day.
And, according to police, Neville-Colp attempted to leave the scene of the accident.
"I asked the operator what she was doing and she said 'what?'," State Police Trooper Brian Berry wrote in his police report. "I asked her why she left the median and she said 'I didn't'"
Following the exchange, Berry removed the keys from Neville-Colp's ignition and asked her where she had come from, documents said. Neville-Colp replied that she had come from her work as a hairdresser in Randolph, Berry said. When questioned again, Neville-Colp said she had come from the VFW in Randolph and said she had "three beers."
Berry said in his report that he asked Neville-Colp to complete a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, recite the alphabet from 'C' to 'Y', count backwards from 65 to 50, complete a nine-step heal-to-toe walk and complete a one-legged stand while counting. In each instance, she failed, Berry concluded.
Berry said police also found 15 marijuana cigarettes in Neville-Colp's vehicle during the investigation.
Further documents reveal that Neville-Colp attempted a breathalyzer five times at the State Police Barracks in Milton before providing an adequate sample. She couldn't provide an adequate second sample until her 10th attempt. Despite the troubles, police said her blood alcohol reading was .13 percent - above the legal limit of .08 percent.
A Boston Herald report Wednesday revealed that legislators were also questioning Neville-Colp's driving record, which, according to Department of Motor Vehicle records, identify her as being involved in seven surchargeable accidents, the last of which occurred in May of 2008 and the first occurred in April of 1985.
“We have to have some system in place that recognizes the cumulative nature of these offenses — and today we don’t,” Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) told the Herlald.
Neville-Colp was held on $100,000 cash bail and is due back in court on Oct. 11.
Meanwhile, family and friends of O'Brien-Ellis are leaving condolences on the Kane Funeral Home remembrance wall.
"Maureen was an awesome cousin who i will always remember in my heart all the fun times we had at family parties when we were younger, your home was the most fun of all," O'Brien-Ellis' cousin Bonnie Place-Gill wrote " I will miss your never ending smile and sense of humor."