1 killed, 4 hurt in I-95 crash

Amesbury woman faces charges

By Travis Andersen and Stewart Bishop
Globe Staff | Globe Correspondent / May 16, 2011

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BEDFORD — A Bedford man was killed and four people were injured in a two-car crash in Burlington Saturday night involving an alleged drunk driver, State Police said.

Nicole Parziale, 39, of Amesbury, was charged with drunken driving, State Police said in a statement yesterday. Parziale has a prior conviction for driving under the influence of liquor, the statement said.

One of Parziale’s two passengers, Glenn Robichaud, 55, died at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, police said.

Parziale was charged with operating under the influence of liquor, second offense; negligent operation of a motor vehicle; and operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, the State Police statement said.

The Registry of Motor Vehicles could not be reached yesterday for information on Parziale’s driving record, and it was not clear when the prior offense occurred.

David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said Parziale is scheduled to be arraigned today in Woburn District Court. He said it was likely that the charges will be upgraded to include motor vehicle homicide.

Parziale was driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am north on Interstate 95 near exit 32 at about 10:30 p.m. when she abruptly turned left, crossed the middle lane, and entered the left lane in front of a 1998 Buick sedan driven by Kayla E. Trenholm, 20, of Hope Valley, R.I., State Police said.

Trenholm’s sedan struck the driver’s-side rear panel of the Grand Am, State Police said, sending the sedan into the third travel lane and the Grand Am into the left guard rail.

Parziale and her passengers, Robichaud and Denis J. Splaine, 53, of Boston, were taken to the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, where Robichaud later died of his injuries, State Police said. A number for Splaine could not be located yesterday.

Friends and neighbors reacted outside Robichaud’s Bedford home yesterday.

“He was so nice,’’ said Joan Payne, at the two-family house where she was Robichaud’s downstairs neighbor. “He was the kind of person who really felt something for people. He was always trying to help them out.’’

Payne said Robichaud was a disabled veteran who suffered from emphysema. He had lived above her for about a year, she said, and would often walk her dog for her and play with her young grandson.

Jack Nichols of North Billerica, a friend of Robichaud’s, stopped by Robichaud’s home yesterday. Nichols said he began dating Parziale about three weeks ago and had brought her to Robichaud’s apartment Saturday.

He said that he left for a few hours, and that the two were gone when he returned.

Nichols said the Grand Am she was driving belonged to Robichaud. It was unclear why she was driving the vehicle, or how either of them knew Splaine.

Parziale was in fair condition at Lahey yesterday and Splaine was treated and released, a hospital spokesman said. Parziale’s family members did not return messages seeking comment.

Trenholm and her passenger, David N. Torrey, 19, of Shannock, R.I., were taken to Winchester Hospital for treatment of possible minor injuries, police said.