BOSTON (AP) — The driver of an SUV that ran a red light before striking and killing a young couple out for summer stroll in Boston’s Back Bay was sentenced Friday to six months in jail.
Mohamed Alfageeh, of the city’s Allston neighborhood, was sentenced in Suffolk Superior Court after pleading guilty to two counts of motor vehicle homicide.
Alfageeh, 30, was driving on the night of June 21 when his SUV ran a red light, hit another vehicle then flipped and slid into the couple at the intersection of Beacon and Fairfield streets, authorities said. Alfageeh’s Ford Explorer ended up on its roof.
His SUV struck John Lanzillotti, 28, and his girlfriend Jessica Campbell, 27, both of Brookline, as they crossed the street in a crosswalk.
Lanzillotti worked for the Red Sox for seven years and was manager of productions and game operations. He was a New England Emmy Award winner who produced features for NESN-TV’s weekly “Red Sox Report” and created many of the vignettes seen between innings at Fenway Park, the Red Sox said. Campbell was a retail analyst.
Alfageeh’s wife, Ghuzlan Alghazali, was originally charged with the deaths, but prosecutors later dropped charges because there was some confusion over who was driving.
After further investigation, it was determined Alfageeh was driving.
His full sentence was two years in jail with six months to serve and the remainder suspended for three years of probation. He was sentenced after emotional impact statements from the mothers of both victims.
Alfageeh’s attorney says his client, a married father of four and part-owner of a convenience store, wanted to accept responsibility for the crash.