Man killed, 2 hurt in Quincy crash

Drunken driving charges leveled

By Travis Andersen
Globe Staff / July 11, 2011

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A Plymouth man is facing drunken driving charges after one man was killed and two others suffered serious injuries early yesterday in a two-vehicle crash in Quincy, authorities said.

State Police spokesman David Procopio said in an e-mail that troopers responded just before 12:30 a.m. to Quincy Shore Drive at Rice Road, where a head-on collision had occurred between a 1995 Ford Explorer and a 2007 Chevy Silverado.

Procopio said the investigation indicates that the driver of the Silverado, Anthony Deicicchi, 28, had been traveling southbound on Quincy Shore Drive when the vehicle moved into the northbound lane and struck the Explorer.

The driver of the Explorer, a 50-year-old man from Jamaica Plain, was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead, Procopio said. He said the man’s identity was being withheld yesterday pending family notification.

The victim’s passenger, a 22-year-old Dorchester man, was also taken to Boston Medical Center, along with Deicicchi’s sole passenger, a 27-year-old man from Hull, according to Procopio.

He said both passengers suffered serious injuries. Their conditions could not immediately be determined yesterday.

Procopio said Deicicchi and the passengers were wearing seat belts, but it was unclear whether the deceased was wearing his.

He said troopers determined that Deicicchi was intoxicated but did not specify the degree; they said the evidence was based in part on their observations at the scene.

Deicicchi was charged with motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence, two counts of operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury, operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and marked lanes violation, according to Procopio.

He said Deicicchi is scheduled to be arraigned today in Quincy District Court.

Procopio also had strong words for drunk drivers.

“The State Police will continue to hammer drunk drivers,’’ he said. “It will always be a priority to get them off the roads, but motorists have to realize too that getting behind the wheel buzzed or drunk is like playing Russian roulette, and sooner or later the chamber with the bullet is coming around, and the person who gets hit sometimes is not the one holding the gun.’’

It was not clear yesterday if Deicicchi had hired a lawyer. A woman who answered the phone at a number listed for his relatives in Hull declined to discuss the case.

“We’re just not going to speak to anyone right now,’’ she said. “There are still facts that are not in. . . . I’m sorry, thank you for calling.’’

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