On 4/21/13 at about 5:40 p.m., Wrentham Police responded to a single car motor vehicle accident on Rt.140 in the area of
205 Dedham Street. On arrival, officers found three occupants of a 1997 Toyota Corolla all of whom were seriously injured.
The operator was identified as Rhiannon Gately, date of birth 09/28/81, of
183 Cornell Street, Roslindale, MA. The operator was extricated by Wrentham Fire Department using the Jaws of Life and was transported to a hospital via Med Flight. Rhode Island
The front seat passenger was identified as James A. Gately, date of birth 06/29/78, of
183 Cornell Street, Roslindale, MA. He was seriously injured, was transported to Norwood Hospital and transferred to Brigham & Women's Hospital in . Boston
Their child, an 8 year old female, was seriously injured and transported to a
. Rhode Island Hospital
Preliminary investigation determined the passenger, James Gately, grabbed the steering wheel of the vehicle while his wife was driving northbound on Rt. 140. As a result of grabbing the steering wheel, it is alleged James Gately took over operation of the vehicle, causing it to cross the center line and strike a tree on the southbound shoulder.
James Gately is charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, Serious Bodily Injury Resulting; Assault & Battery With a Dangerous Weapon (the vehicle); Operating After Suspension and Child Endangerment. He is in police custody at the
, held without bail. James Gately will be arraigned on Monday morning, April 22. 2013. Women & Brigham Hospital
Norfolk Police assisted at the accident scene along with Mass State Police Accident Reconstruction, Trooper George.
Investigation is continuing with Wrentham Officer Saulnier; Officer Cowley and Officer Schwalbe.