NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – An 18 year-old South Hadley resident has pleaded not guilty to a charge of vehicular homicide, for allegedly causing a deadly crash back in May. Ryan Brunelle was released on personal recognizance following his arraignment at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday.
Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, told 22News that a blood test showed that Brunelle had traces of marijuana and residual amounts of oxycodone in his system following the May 22 crash. Carey said that Brunelle’s blood test also showed the presence of Xanax in his system, for which he did not have a prescription.
Twenty-nine year-old Thomas Flanagan of Westfield died after police say Brunelle’s car went over the center line on Route 116 in South Hadley, and struck Flanagan’s vehicle, which had been traveling in the opposite direction.
As conditions of his release, Brunelle has been ordered not to drive, not to use alcohol or non-prescription drugs, to submit to random drug and alcohol testing, and to maintain regular contact with the probation department.