Driver accused in Newton restaurant crash pleads not guilty

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A man charged with driving an SUV that crashed through the front of a Massachusetts pizza restaurant, killing two and injuring seven, has pleaded not guilty and been released on personal recognizance.

Bradford Casler was arraigned Monday in Middlesex Super Court on two counts of motor vehicle homicide and operating a motor vehicle to endanger.

His attorney had suggested that a medical condition may have had something to do with the crash into Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in Newton on March 1.

But prosecutors said in court that even though the 55-year-old Newton man has multiple sclerosis, their investigation found that the disease had nothing to do with the crash.

Casler’s attorney says he will review the information prosecutors used to say that his medical condition did not cause the crash.

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