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DUI Death Nets 15 Year Sentence
By eastbayri.com
Published: 03/15/2011

BRISTOL - The driver in a car crash that killed his friend on the Mt. Hope Bridge in 2008 was sentenced today to 15 years for driving under the influence of alcohol with death resulting and leaving the scene of the accident.

Jamie Pretti of Plymouth, Mass., who was 21 at the time of the accident, pled nolo contendre on Monday, March 14 to driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident of a fatal car crash on Sept. 12, 2008. He was driving north on the Mt. Hope Bridge to Roger Williams University, where he and his passenger, Timothy Macleod, 21, of Plymouth, Mass. were going to a party.

According to police reports, at about 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2008, Mr. Pretti lost control of his vehicle, a Subaru, and struck the walls of both sides of the bridge before hitting an oncoming vehicle. Mr. Macleod was ejected from the car. Bristol Rescue took Mr. Macleod to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Mr. Macleod had been a senior at Roger Williams University, studying construction management, but according to university spokesman Brian Clark had taken time off this semester. He was due to return in January, he said. Mr. Macleod was an avid Boston Celtics fan who loved fishing on Cape Cod and spending time with his friends.

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