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January 3, 2013

Man charged in fatal car accident

BOSTON — A Lawrence man who police say plowed into an oncoming car while going the wrong way on the Gillis Bridge on New Year’s Eve, killing one his passengers, has been charged with felony vehicular homicide and multiple drunken driving charges.

Mikhael Sarkis, 50, of 6 Hofmann Lane, was arraigned yesterday inside his Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center hospital room by Quincy District Court Judge Paul Yee Jr., according to Essex County District Attorney spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan.

He is accused of being responsible for the death of 41-year-old Donna Bergeron of East Hampstead, N.H., one of two passengers inside his Lincoln Town Car when it collided with a Mercury Grand Marquis driven by 20-year-old Salisbury resident Corey Burgess.

All four people involved sustained injuries and were transported to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. Bergeron was pronounced dead at the hospital. Sarkis was later transferred to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. A hospital spokesperson yesterday said Sarkis was in good condition.

According to an Anna Jaques Hospital spokesperson, Burgess was treated and released.

Yee ordered Sarkis held on $100,000 bail pending a Jan. 30 pretrial hearing at Newburyport District Court. Should Sarkis post bail, he will not be able to leave his home and must not drive. He will be required to wear an electronic locator device at all times and not use drugs or alcohol with random screens. He will also be required to use a Sobrietor, a remote alcohol breath-testing device that connects to existing phone and power lines.

In addition to the vehicular homicide charge, Sarkis was arraigned on two counts of driving while under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, marked lanes and failure to wear a seat belt. Salisbury police Sgt. Robert Roy first issued the complaint against Sarkis at Newburyport District Court.

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