Norwell Teen Charged With Vehicular Homicide in Marshfield Crash
BROCKTON — A Norwell teen has been charged with vehicular homicide and manslaughter for a Marshfield crash that killed one and injured another teenager in 2022.
Now 18 years old, James Croke is accused of being intoxicated in the crash that killed 17-year-old Nicholas Wanderley when Croke was just 16, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney.
He was arraigned on Monday as a youthful offender with bail set at $2,500 on the conditions that he not drive, remain drug and alcohol free and in counseling, and live with his parents.
The crash took place at around 12:43 a.m. on March 20, 2022.
Marshfield police were called to the scene of a crash in which a vehicle struck a tree at 172 Forest Ave.
Three teen boys were trapped inside the vehicle.
Croke was removed from behind the wheel and taken to a local hospital before being re-routed to Boston Children's Hospital for treatment, according to the D.A.'s office.
A second 16-year-old boy was taken to South Shore Hospital with serious injuries.
Wanderley was pronounced dead at the scene.
The D.A.'s office said an investigation found that Croke allegedly had a blood alcohol level indicating that he was intoxicated when the crash took place.
Croke was indicted on March 24, and is due to appear in court again on July 10.
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