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Driver in Fatal Crash to be Charged With Vehicular Homicide

Authorities say a Peabody man driving a 2010 sedan that crashed into a tow truck and led to the death of his passenger will be charged with motor vehicle homicide, OUI and other offenses.

The alleged driver in a fatal car crash last night on Walnut Street will be facing a series of charges, including vehicular homicide.

Carrie Kimball-Monahan, a spokesperson for the District Attorney's office, said an arraignment will take place sometime this morning in Peabody District Court.

Michael Fowler, 37, of Peabody, will be charged with vehicular homicide, negligent operation of a vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol (second offense) and leaving the scene of a car accident with injuries that resulted in death.

The victim was identified this morning as Daniel Walker, 31, of Peabody.

Kimball-Monahan confirmed that Walker was riding as a passenger in a 2010 Hyundai sedan when it plowed into a parked flatbed tow truck near 86 Walnut St. around 12:30 a.m.

She said the crash resulted in fatal injuries, but did not have information at the time of when Walker was actually pronounced dead. Both men were taken to Salem Hospital after the accident.

Kimball-Monahan said Fowler did not suffer serious injuries and was transported from the hospital to the Peabody Police Station this morning.

J May 24, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Why is it that the passenger is always the one killed in drunk driving accidents? It makes me sick that the driver almost always walks away unharmed. I hope this guy gets the longest sentence possible.
Lisa Gomes May 24, 2013 at 03:07 PM
This is the 2nd fatal crash into a flatbed in Peabody w /in a short amount of time. Yes, the fact is that the driver was allegedly impaired. But I wonder if the back of those trucks could be more marked better and be more visible.
R Fusco May 24, 2013 at 03:18 PM
I noticed that myself. I agree. AND he left the scene! Classy guy.
htam May 24, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I don't understand how he could have left the scene... In another article it said that they had to use the jaws of life to get both of them out and that he was transported to the hospital from the scene... It's tragic all around they were best friends and he has to live with knowing his bad decision cost his best friend his life. Mike is expecting a baby any day now and its just a horrible tragic situation.
Cheryl M May 24, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Tragic. Perhaps the flat bed truck shouldn't have been parked on the street. But the driver is completely at fault.
wildhog May 24, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Wow. A DRUNK driver with 2nd offense plows into the back of a flat bed tow truck and its the trucks fault now let's ban flat bed trucks on the street. ....just like someone gets shot let's ban guns.......so I guess someone gets hit crossing the the street we should ban that also. ...people need to open their eyes and put the blame on the individual causing the problem not the object. ..
Deb May 24, 2013 at 04:52 PM
My Dear Friend Diane, My heart is broken to hear about the loss of Danny. I know that your children and your grandchildren are your life and I cannot express how sad I am feeling for all of you. Your Friend, Debbie Javery xo
J May 24, 2013 at 06:21 PM
I totally agree. If it wasn't a flat bed it would have been someone's front porch or whatever else was in the way. Same thing with the guns, if there were no guns it would have been a homemade bomb or whatever else the person could have concocted.
Brian Dapice May 25, 2013 at 01:43 AM
A similar incident happened on Boston Street a couple of years ago. The driver was drunk and killed the passenger by slamming into a parked flatbed. Go figure, the drivers family is suing the tow truck company! Only in America...
D May 25, 2013 at 02:29 AM
It's very sad that someone had to loose their life, because someone had to be so stupid and get behind the wheel drunk! There's the problem! Everyone wants to say its the tow truck's fault too, for being parked on the street, where do you park a 30 foot truck, When you are working 2nd and 3rd shift doing emergency towing for police and road clubs?? I am sure if there was cars parked there, he would have wiped out them all!
Justin Mendes May 25, 2013 at 03:30 AM
I know Danny. He was a very good friend of mine growing up. Such a horrible thing to Happen. Unfortunately, I know the driver of the accident in Salem a couple years ago, too. Such a crazy world. Please think twice before driving drunk. You just never know. May you rest in peace Danny....-Justin
Bob Cucurull May 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM
condolences to the family of the deceased,no one ever expects anything like this to happen. a second time offender killing his best friend, how many times have you been doing this without being caught drinking and driving and driving without a license. oh don't worry get yourself a bottom feeding lawyer turn everything around and sue; your innocent aren't you, kid you need a severe spanking, cowardly running away from your dying friend and not for help
Mary May 29, 2013 at 12:39 AM
This was my best friend that he killed

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