Driver facing drunken driving, homicide charges after fatal Dedham crash

DEDHAM, Mass. — The driver of the Toyota RAV4 that rolled over into a flooded gully, causing the death of his passenger on Saturday is now facing motor vehicle homicide, drunken driving and other charges.

Arkeem Samuel, 28, of Brighton, was arrested by state police shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday at his home on a warrant from Dedham District Court.

Samuel is charged with felony motor vehicle homicide while driving under the influence and driving negligently, driving under the influence of liquor, negligent driving, and marked lanes violation.

He was booked at the State Police-Framingham Barracks and is being held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. He will be arraigned on Monday at Dedham District Court.

Evidence indicates that Samuel consumed alcohol before driving and that he was intoxicated at the time of the crash, state police said. He was treated at a hospital and released on Saturday.

The early-morning crash on Saturday claimed the life of passenger Liam Fitzgerald, 27, of West Roxbury.

The crash occurred in the infield adjacent to the University Avenue exit in Westwood near the Dedham line.

The fatal crash remains under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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