Driver accused of fatal crash with Logan shuttle pleads not guilty

BOSTON (WHDH) - A Swampscott man accused of causing a fatal crash with an airport shuttle in East Boston pleaded not guilty Monday.

Prosecutors said 27-year-old Steven Birenbaum was speeding and had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit when he crashed into a Hampton Inn airport shuttle van just outside the Ted Williams Tunnel back in August. Five people were in the shuttle at the time and two tourists from Texas were killed when they were thrown from the rear window.

Birenbaum faces seven charges, including two counts of motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence. He posted $5,000 bail and his attorney said he did have any comment outside the courthouse. He has been ordered not to drive until the case is resolved and is due back in court early next year.

Birenbaum told a witness at the crash scene that another car hit him but prosecutors said they have no evidence that another car was involved.

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