Peabody Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal 2013 Accident

Michael Fowler, 39, of Peabody, pleaded guilty in Salem Superior Court.

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.
A Peabody man pleaded guilty to motor vehicle homicide, manslaughter, and leaving the scene, in connection to a motor vehicle crash that killed Daniel Walker, 31, of Peabody, on May 24, 2013.

Michael Fowler, 39, of Peabody, pleaded guilty in Salem Superior Court on Friday. "Judge Howard Whitehead sentenced him to two and a half to three years in state prison followed by five years of probation during which Fowler is ordered to remain alcohol free, to attend AA meetings, not to drive and to speak to high school students about drunk driving," according to the Essex District Attorney's Office. 

“Many lives have been ruined because of one person’s decision to drive while drunk,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said. “The defendant’s young family is devastated and, of course, the victim’s family has suffered an unspeakable loss.”

The DA's office said they would have introduced evidence proving that the defendant was driving his 2010 Hyundai on Walnut Street in Peabody while under the influence of alcohol. Fowler drove his car into a parked flatbed tow truck, which killed Walker. 

Fowler fled the scene, but was later arrested by Peabody Police about one-third of a mile from the crash scene, said the DA's office. 

The DA's office said he had a blood alcohol level of .24. 

The DA's office had recommended a six- to eight-year state prison sentence followed by five years of probation.  

The judge will execute the sentence on April 29 to allow the Peabody man to get his affairs in order, said the DA's office.  

mark March 21, 2014 at 04:58 PM
He should make a run for it and take out a few government officials who keep taxing us!
Bjean March 21, 2014 at 06:30 PM
I know this family. They have suffered so much and this plea deal is just another slap in the face. It just shows you can drive drunk, plead out, and get a minimal sentence for killing your passenger. This makes me sick i hope he rots in hell.
Russ March 21, 2014 at 10:46 PM
What did the illegally parked flatbed truck get for punishment?
tonye March 22, 2014 at 07:10 AM
This is a tragedy on so many levels. My brother was killed by a drunk driver 34 years ago. Out family has suffered with this list that changed our lives forever, but the drunk driver never got over it either. He would do anything to fix that mistake. People make mistakes. Sometime huge mistakes. All we can hope for is others learn from it. More prison time won't help, but maybe explaining to high school kids what had happened will. Maybe it will save one more life.
Bjean March 22, 2014 at 07:15 AM
The illegally parked truck's owner should get sued, BIG TIME!! But it doesnt erase the fact that the driver was drunk, and killed his passenger.


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