Apr 9, 2016 4:53 PM

Man charged with manslaughter in Salem crash may get plea deal


BRENTWOOD - A man charged in a fatal crash on Route 28 in Salem may opt for a plea agreement instead of a trial.

The Union Leader reports that Michael Gomez, 27, of Lowell, Mass., will appear for a closed-door settlement conference June 1.

Gomez is charged with manslaughter and reckless conduct relating to the June 16 crash, in which Phillip Carter, 33, of Salem, died.

Police say that Gomez was speeding between 50-70 mph on Route 28, and switched lanes between two vehicles and changed lanes again before hitting Carters vehicle and slicing it in two.

Carter was thrown from the vehicle and died from injuries at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Gomez allegedly was served two Mai Tais at a restaurant on Route 28 before driving.

Gomez could face 18½-37 years in prison if he is convicted by a jury.


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