$1,500 bail for driver charged in head-on crash; City man allegedly drunk; woman in critical condition.


Byline: Gary V. Murray

WORCESTER - Bail was set at $1,500 cash yesterday for an alleged drunken driver charged in a head-on crash Saturday night that left a North Brookfield woman critically injured.

Police said Adson S. DaSilva, 32, of 103 Tower St., Apt. 2, was traveling north on Summer Street in a Ford Ranger pickup about 11:45 p.m. when the pickup crossed into the southbound lane and struck a Chevrolet Cobalt head-on near the intersection of Goldsberry Street. The driver of the car, 54-year-old Marianne Carey, suffered lower body injuries and remained in critical condition yesterday at UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus, according to police.

Mr. DaSilva was arraigned yesterday in Central District Court on charges of driving negligently and while under the influence of alcohol or with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher and causing serious injury, driving so as to endanger, driving without a license, and a marked-lanes violation.

Judge Andrew M. D'Angelo set Mr. DaSilva's bail at $1,500 cash and continued his case to June 19.

Assistant District Attorney Gregory P. Benoit recommended that Mr. DaSilva's bail be set at $25,000 cash. The prosecutor said police officers investigating the accident found a 12-pack of beer, with seven cans missing, in the vehicle Mr. DaSilva was driving. When questioned at the hospital, Mr. DaSilva, who was also injured, admitted drinking three cans of beer before the crash, Mr. Benoit told the judge.

Mr. DaSilva's appointed lawyer, Richard M. Welsh Sr., alleged that...

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