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Driver charged in fatal Bourne crash

By Vivian Nereim
Globe Correspondent / July 9, 2009
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The driver in a car accident that killed one woman and injured two others in Bourne has been charged with motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol.

Jonathan Muir, a 21-year-old Falmouth resident, was driving a 1984 Porsche 944 about 1:30 a.m. June 29 when he apparently lost control and crashed into a tree on County Road.

The crash, which followed a birthday party, killed Bourne resident Cassandra Flynn-Rakos, who had turned 21 the previous week. Muir and two other passengers, Sonya Dangelo and Erica Pouler, both 21-year-old Bourne residents, were injured.

In addition to motor vehicle homicide, Muir has been charged with two counts of causing serious bodily injury while under the influence of alcohol, operating negligently so as to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes, and speeding, said Sergeant Christopher Farrell of the Bourne police.

Farrell said the accident report, which said none of the passengers was wearing a seat belt, had been incorrect. Dangelo, who was seated in the rear of the car, had unbuckled her belt before police arrived. She was the least injured of the four.

Pouler turned 21 the day of the crash. When police arrived on scene, Dangelo told them they had been at The Courtyard Restaurant and Pub.

Muir, whose license was revoked after the crash, had a history of driving violations in Massachusetts. He was cited for illegal operation of a vehicle in 2006 and speeding in May. The Cape Cod Times reported that Muir, who moved to Falmouth from Meriden, Conn., had his Connecticut driver’s license suspended for almost a year beginning in August 2007.

Vivian Nereim can be reached at vnereim@globe.com.