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Sunday, December 3, 2006

Rally recalls drunken-driving victim


Family and friends held an awareness rally for three hours at Route 9 and Otis Street in front of Wal-Mart yesterday, near where an alleged drunken driver killed Evagelos V. Pashos.

Passing cars honked horns in support of the nearly 50 people holding signs with pictures of the 21-year-old Shrewsbury man, who was finishing up his senior year at Suffolk University. The rally lasted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mr. Pashos’ family is calling for tougher laws against first-time drunken drivers, and has enlisted the help of local legislators. Lina Pashos, the victim’s sister, said the family plans to hold a rally before every court appearance by the driver, Alison J. Voorhis. Her car collided head-on with Mr. Pashos’ vehicle on Sept. 24.

Ms. Voorhis, 47, of Hopkinton is due in court Thursday for a pretrial hearing. She is charged with motor vehicle homicide, among other charges. Police said they found an empty beer bottle in her car and a plastic cup that appeared to contain an alcoholic beverage.

-- Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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