Driver faces charges in Arborway crash

September 27, 2013
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The 18-year-old driver who earlier this month caused a two-vehicle crash on the Arborway that sent six people to the hospital will face several criminal and civil charges, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office and State Police.

Nikolas Papadopoulos, a West Roxbury resident, will be charged with the criminal offense of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and the civil offenses of speeding, failing to ensure that two passengers under 16 were wearing seat belts and unsafely crossing the road’s lane markings.

According to the State Police, Papadopoulos was traveling westbound on the Arborway at speeds up to 80 miles per hour when his vehicle jumped the median near St. Joseph Street, began to roll and collided with another vehicle heading eastbound.

Papadopoulos and his three passengers were all injured in the Sept. 6 crash, including a 14-year-old Chestnut Hill resident who sustained brain and spine injuries.

The 33-year-old Dorchester resident who was driving the vehicle Papadopoulos hit remains in a medically-induced coma at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His name is Kevin Celluci, according to a press release, and he has a wife and three children. A foundation has been setup for Celluci, who is a carpenter for the Local 40 Union. For more information, visit youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/kevin-cellucci-foundation/90022.

A 34-year-old passenger who was riding with Celluci was treated and released.

Papadopoulos remains hospitalized at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and will eventually be arraigned at Jamaica Plain’s West Roxbury District Court.