Appearing in Brockton Juvenile Court on Monday, Hamilton pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter by motor vehicle, operating under the influence, and motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation.
He was released on personal recognizance, Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruzs office said. The conditions he was released on include not using drugs or alcohol, and no driving. He also had to give up his passport and keep away from the victims families.
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At the scene of the crash, police discovered 10 bags of marijuana, according to prosecutors. There were also marijuana edibles.
According to Plymouth County prosecutors, East Bridgewater police on May 19 responded to 911 calls for a car that had slammed into a tree on Route 106.
The car had five people inside: Three were declared dead at the scene, and a fourth, 17-year-old David Bell of Stoughton, died at Brockton Hospital.
The others were identified as 17-year-old Christopher Desir of Brockton, 17-year-old Eryck Sablah of Stoughton and 16-year-old Nicholas Joyce of Stoughton.
Hamilton, who was 17 years old at the time and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton and then Boston Medical Center, was first indicted on the charges in August. His next court date is Oct. 29.
BROCKTON, MASS. (WHDH) – A Stoughton teenager accused of being stoned behind the wheel during a tragic crash in East Bridgewater that claimed the lives of four of his friends was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to a slew of charges on Monday.
Naiquan D. Hamilton, 18, who was 17 at the time of the crash, was arraigned in Brockton Juvenile Court on four counts each of manslaughter by motor vehicle, motor vehicle homicide by operating under the influence, and motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation, Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz announced.
Officers responding to a reported crash on West Street about 4 p.m. on May 19 found a crumpled vehicle against a tree on the side of the road, police said.
Hamilton, who was indicted in August, had been driving at speeds of up to 100 mph before crashing and going airborne, witnesses told grand jurors.
First responders found marijuana in the car and cannabis edibles at the scene of the crash, prosecutors said.
Christopher Desir, 17, of Brockton, Eryck Sablah, 17, of Stoughton, and Nicholas Joyce, 16, of Stoughton, were all pronounced dead at the scene. David Bell, 17, of Stoughton, was taken to Brockton Hospital, where he later died.
An investigation later revealed that Hamilton was driving recklessly and was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash, according to Cruzs Office.
Prosecutors decided not to request cash bail because Hamilton has no record and only one previous driving infraction.
The victims were all members of the Stoughton High School football team. They were heading to the mall for lunch when the crash happened.