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Woman Charged With Drunk Driving And Killing Elderly Man In Worcester, Held On $10K Bail

WORCESTER (CBS) -- A 70-year-old man was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver on Shrewsbury Street Wednesday night.

Rebecca Brooks, 37, of Whitinsville, was charged with motor vehicle homicide, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

She was held on $10,000 bail in Worcester District Court Thursday.

Police said Brooks struck the man as he crossed Shrewsbury Street by Seward Street around 9:14 p.m. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and died shortly after. Brooks remained at the scene after the man was struck.

Worcester Police at the scene of a fatal pedestrian crash Wednesday night. (Photo credit -

The Worcester Police Department's Crash Reconstruction Unit took over the investigation due to the crash's severity.

Police said the crash is still under investigation, and that Brooks could see additional charges.

During Brooks' arraignment, prosecutors said the mother of two, who works as a bartender, stayed after her shift. Witnesses told police Brooks drank two beers and two shots of Fireball whisky.

Brooks' driving record includes crashes in 1994, 2002, and 2013, along with three other minor infractions.

She has been ordered not to drive a vehicle while the case is pending.


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