Massachusetts Men Killed in Alleged Drunk Driving Collision

Police believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor to a car accident that killed two men.Two friends were killed in a Massachusetts car accident that also injured one of the victim's sons, according to published reports.

Francis O'Hanley, 62, and Joseph Coppola, 57, died in a collision that occurred on their way to their weekly fishing trip at Canobie Lake. Saugus' son, Timothy, who was also in the vehicle survived the wreck with only minor injuries.

The accident happened after 21-year-old Shayna Fernandez crashed into O'Hanley's car while driving at a high speed on Interstate 93. Fernandez, who was under the influence of alcohol, then entered the roadway's center median before reentering the highway and hitting the vehicle a second time causing it to roll over twice, reported the Eagle-Tribune.

"I jumped out and my father was lying on the ground by the driver’s side door. Joe was over by the guardrail . . . It was a miracle I was able to walk away," Timothy O'Hanley told the
Boston Herald.

Fernandez pleaded not guilty to two counts of motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence and has been held on $50,000 cash bail.

Motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of injury death in Massachusetts, according to the state Department of Public Health. Of those 442 car accident fatalities in 2005, 39 percent were alcohol-related.