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Drunk Driver Charged in Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Sherborn

A drunk driver allegedly struck and killed a 40-year-old man in his yard before crashing into another car, authorities say

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A Massachusetts man has been charged with drunk driving in a crash that killed a 40-year-old man in Sherborn Wednesday night.

Authorities believe that Joshua Patel, 37, of Mansfield, allegedly struck 40-year-old Kevin Sullivan in his yard before crashing into another car on Goulding Street around 4:42 p.m.

Sullivan was pronounced dead on scene.

Sherborn Police said they saw signs of impairment and arrested Patel, who was driving an Acura MDX. Patel was taken to a local hospital.

Patel was arraigned in Natick District Court Thursday on charges of motor vehicle homicide by operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, assault and battery, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and a mark lanes violation.

"The vehicle the defendant was driving barged through a stone wall, sending large stones as projectiles throughout the air. The vehicle then struck the victim and continued over a mailbox and front lawn area, striking a second vehicle that was parked," prosecutor Gabrielle Lomanno said in court.

Prosecutors said following the crash, Patel allegely attacked another man before trying to flee the scene.

"The defendant also assaulted a witness on scene by pushing him in the chest when the witness attempted to restrain the defendant, who was attempting to flee the scene of the accident," Lomanno said.

According to police records, Patel has a driving under the influence charge in Rhode Island from two years ago. He was also convicted of operating negligently and leaving the scene of property damage in another incident when he was a teenager, records show.

He later violated his probation on the later offense and also violated an unrelated restraining order, prosecutors said.

"He does have a history of violating court orders," Lomanno said.

Patel was ordered held on $20,000 cash bail. He was also ordered not to drive, to consume any alcohol and to stay away from and have no contact with the witnesses. Patel is due back in court Dec. 3.

NBC10 Boston and NECN have independently confirmed the police account of the event.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Sherborn Police and the Massachusetts State Police Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Section.

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