Man accused of causing fatal accident in Hopkinton has new court date

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HOPKINTON — A Taunton man charged with causing a fatal head-on collision on Interstate 495 last month remains in prison.

Devin Arroyo, 29, was due to appear in Framingham District Court Monday for a hearing on the probable cause. But that hearing did not take place and was moved to October 24.

Arroyo is charged with manslaughter in a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor; driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol; drive to endanger; and driving the wrong way on a highway.

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He was also ticketed for a violation of the marked lanes.

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Probable cause hearings are scheduled for district court cases in which the charges are too serious for a district court to have final jurisdiction. Typically, hearings on probable cause are postponed, the defendant is usually charged, and the case is taken to the higher court.

Devin Arroyo is accused of driving the wrong way and causing a fatal accident on Interstate 495 in Hopkinton last month.

Authorities say Arroyo, formerly of Framingham, was driving a van on I-495 in Hopkinton at 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 17. He is accused of driving south in the north lane before colliding with an Infiniti driven by Samuel Ibikunle, 72, of Westborough.

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A tractor-trailer driving behind the Infiniti could not stop in time and hit the car from behind. Ibikunle was pronounced dead at the scene.

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According to authorities, Arroyo crawled out of his van, which had rolled on its side. Officers at the scene and a nurse who stopped to help rescuers reported that Arroyo slurred his speech and had red and glassy eyes, authorities said. Troopers also found three empty vodka nip bottles and an empty can of hard iced tea in the van.

At the time of his arrest, Arroyo was on probation from two separate courts. A prosecutor filed a bail of $100,000 at Arroyo’s Framingham District Court on Aug. 17. She also asked that if he paid bail, Arroyo would be placed under house arrest with a GPS surveillance bracelet, banned from drinking alcohol on random tests, banned from driving and from contacting the victim’s family or any witnesses.

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Judge David Cunis accepted the recommendation.

If convicted, Arroyo faces a minimum of five years in state prison and a maximum of 20 years.

Norman Miller can be reached at 508-626-3823 or [email protected] For current public safety news, follow Norman Miller on Twitter @Norman_MillerMW or on Facebook at facebook.com/NormanMillerCrime.

This article originally appeared on MetroWest Daily News: Hearing postponed in alleged wrong-way driver in fatal Hopkinton crash

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