May 21, 2024


David Sullivan, 19, is going through costs in reference to the loss of life of 17-year-old Sadie Mauro, who died in a July boat crash in Dennis.

David Sullivan, 19, is arraigned on costs associated to the July boat crash in Dennis that resulted within the loss of life of 17-year-old Sadie Mauro. WCVB

A 19-year-old Medfield man has pleaded not responsible to costs in reference to a Cape Cod boat crash that killed a 17-year-old woman from Sherborn.

Prosecutors allege that Medfield resident David Sullivan was impaired whereas driving a ship that crashed right into a jetty in Dennis on July 21, ensuing within the loss of life of Sadie Mauro, in addition to severe accidents to 2 different passengers. He was arraigned in Barnstable Superior Court docket on Tuesday. 

Sullivan is charged with boat murder brought on by being beneath the affect of liquor, two counts of operation of a ship whereas beneath the affect of liquor inflicting severe bodily harm, boat murder by reckless or negligent operation, possession of alcohol by somebody beneath 21, and possession of false RMV paperwork.

Decide Thomas Perrino set bail at $50,000 surety and $5,000 money, based on court docket data. Sullivan is due again in court docket Dec. 14, WBZ-TV reported. 

Sadie Mauro, 17, died because of a ship crash in Dennis on July 21. – Handout

David Meier, Sullivan’s lawyer, has characterised the boat crash as an accident, The Boston Globe reported. 

“What occurred that evening was an unimaginable tragedy,” Meier stated. “However what occurred was an accident in each sense of the phrase. These prison costs solely compound that tragedy for everybody concerned.”

Sullivan’s lawyer wrote in a bail movement that his shopper has no prior prison file, and that Mauro was Sullivan’s girlfriend, the Globe reported. He additionally pushed again towards the allegation that his shopper was drunk on the time of the crash, arguing that after the crash, Sullivan confirmed “sound judgment and coordinated motor expertise.”

Meier wrote that though Sullivan was thrown from the boat by the crash, he managed to swim again to it within the darkness, get again onto it, and switch off the engines, the Globe reported. Sullivan then dove again into the water to search out the opposite passengers, his lawyer wrote.

Sullivan additionally interacted with regulation enforcement a number of instances that evening and was capable of give them the names of everybody who had been on the boat, Meier wrote, based on the Globe. Moreover, Sullivan’s lawyer wrote that his shopper was by no means requested to take a breathalyzer or discipline sobriety check. 

Sullivan was a “star” defenseman on Roxbury Latin College’s varsity lacrosse crew, the Globe reported. Meier wrote that his shopper is now a freshman in faculty. 

Mauro, who was a rising senior at Dover-Sherborn Regional Excessive College, was additionally a lacrosse participant. She has been remembered as a fantastic athlete.