Jurors hear closing arguments in trial in 2018 crash that killed toddler in South Boston – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) — A jury met Tuesday to visit the scene of a 2018 crash in South Boston that killed an infant and discuss the case.

Two-year-old Colin McGrath’s nanny pushed him onto the sidewalk in a stroller in 2018 when prosecutors said Charlene Casey ran a stop sign and hit a van, crashing into the toddler, his sister and her caretaker.

Tuesday was the third day of the trial, and the jury accepted the case at around 1:40 p.m. They deliberated for two hours and will be back on Wednesday morning.

“Ms. Casey has a presumption of innocence,” said Casey’s defense attorney Steve Boozang. Boozang blamed the driver of the van for the accident.

Police said the van driven by Michael Racioppi has the right of way. Even though he was driving 5 km/h over the maximum speed.

“He was rushing, he was distracted, he was racing,” Boozang said. “[Casey] did everything she was supposed to do that day.”

Prosecutors argued the case was simpler than the defense.

“Ladies and gentlemen, use your common sense,” prosecutor David McGowan said. “Trust your life experiences and apply them to the evidence.”

Prosecutors argued Casey initially stopped at the sign but proceeded before looking either way.

“If it weren’t for Charlene Casey’s negligence, Colin McGrath would still be alive,” McGowan said.

Earlier Tuesday, the court visited the site of the crash. They also later heard from the defense witness, a driver on L Street who stopped to allow Casey to cross and said the van was speeding.

“The RPM of that engine went up,” said Kevin Bui, the defense witness. “It’s like someone stepping on the gas pedal. It had to have been at least – at least – 20 over the mile limit.”

The jury saw surveillance video of the chain reaction crash last week. The video shows the nanny pushing Colin’s stroller just before the moment of impact. People at a nearby store then jumped into action when they saw what had happened. Prosecutors said Casey caused the crash.

Casey is charged with murder of a motor vehicle and pleads not guilty. If convicted, Casey could face up to 5 years in prison and lose her driver’s license for 15 years.

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