Press release from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office: 

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that a Middlesex County Grand Jury has indicted Bradford Casler, 55, of Newton, today on two counts of motor vehicle homicide and one count of operating a motor vehicle to endanger in connection with the fatal crash that occurred at Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant in Newton.

On March 1, 2016 at approximately 6:12 p.m. Bradford Casler was allegedly operating a Volkswagen Touareg Sport Utility Vehicle traveling down Chestnut Street in Newton when he allegedly crossed over Washington Street colliding with several cars on Washington Street and ultimately traveling through the front of Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant.

Two victims, Gregory D. Morin, 32, of Newton, and Eleanor Miele, 57, of Watertown, were both pronounced dead at the scene and seven other individuals sustained serious injuries.

Newton Police immediately responded to reports of the crash and multiple witnesses reported the incident to 911. Following the crash, Casler’s driver’s license was revoked as an immediate threat. 

This incident was investigated by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Newton Police Department, the Newton Police Department Traffic Bureau and the State Police CARS unit. Detectives from the Massachusetts State Police assisted in the investigation.

Casler will be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court at a future date which has not yet been determined.

These charges are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutors assigned to this case are  Assistant District Attorneys Christopher Tarrant and Melissa Baima. The Victim Witness Advocate is Kristin Dagnelli.

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