Resolution: Nearly Two Years Later Driver Pleads Guilty in Fatal Crash

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By Julie McCay Turner

Lynne DeWolfe, who caused the crash that took Bedford resident Christopher Weisz’s life in August 2017, pleaded guilty to “operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, 3rd offense, motor vehicle homicide, operating a motor vehicle to endanger and three counts of leaving the scene of property damage.” Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan shared the news in a press release (click this link to read the full text of her statement) late Tuesday afternoon.

The press release continued, “Judge Bruce Henry sentenced the defendant to three to five years in State Prison followed by ten years probation. Judge Henry also ordered the defendant not to consume illegal drugs, alcohol or marijuana and to be subject to random screens, to undergo a substance abuse evaluation and comply with any recommended treatment, to undergo a mental health evaluation and comply with any recommended treatment, to not operate a motor vehicle, to not apply for a reinstatement of her driver’s license in Massachusetts or any other state during the probationary period and to perform 50 hours of community service each year of her probation.”

In an email Alexis Weisz wrote, “This turn of events happened fairly suddenly and quickly over the past three weeks. I was not even aware this was even a possibility but am happy we will not have to endure a lengthy and painful trial.

“Although the sentence does not seem harsh enough to many, I am satisfied with the sentence Judge Henry imposed on Lynn DeWolfe.  Judge Henry was very thoughtful and kind in his sentencing and followed the Massachusetts recommended sentencing guidelines.  The additional 10 years probation will help ensure Lynn DeWolfe is held accountable for any drug or alcohol use and will hopefully keep the public safe.”

Remembering Christopher Weisz

At his memorial service, and in appreciations posted in The Bedford Citizen, Dan Brosgol and Peter Ricci shared memories of their friend. Weisz will also be recalled as a member of the Bedford Historic District Commission who shared his thoughts on the addition of solar panels atop First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, in a Letter to the Editor on June 5, 2016.