Family of Sweet Tomatoes victim hopes for answers with indictment

NEWTON, MA (WHDH) - The brother of the woman killed in the fatal crash at Sweet Tomatoes earlier this year said he is still upset over losing his sister and the indictment of the driver brings little comfort.

Eleanor Miele, 57, was killed back in March when an SUV crashed through the Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in Newton. Miele was inside at the time, ordering a pizza.

“It’s been heartbreaking,” said Miele’s brother, Ed Desmond. “We lost a piece of our heart that day.”

The Middlesex County district attorney said Bradford Casler, 55, was behind the wheel of the SUV that slammed into Sweet Tomatoes. Desmond said he hopes Casler is held accountable.

“The fact that we never heard from him. I’m assuming his lawyer said not to say anything but what was going on in his mind that night when he drove through that intersection?” said Desmond. “It’s a heavily-driven intersection and we haven’t heard anything.”

Miele’s family said they were not given any warning about the indictment coming and have not been kept informed by the DA.

“I’m saddened that we had to hear it through the media and not from the DA’s office. I think I’m most upset from that,” said Desmond.

The charges come just days before Miele would have turned 58. Her family will honor her on Sunday, her birthday, by planting flowers and unveiling a memorial plaque at her church.

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