By SCOTT JACKSON
The Quincy man charged with motor vehicle homicide following a fatal Germantown crash last week was held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Quincy District Court.
Christopher Murch, age 22, pleaded not guilty at Wednesday’s arraignment to charges of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, leaving the scene of personal injury and death and leaving the scene of personal injury.
If he makes bail, Murch would be placed on around-the-clock house arrest, be required to wear a GPS monitoring device and be subject to random drug and alcohol tests.
Murch turned himself in to Quincy police late Tuesday, one day after police obtained an arrest warrant for the 22-year-old and sought the public’s help in finding him. The charges he was facing were not disclosed at that time.
The crash on Palmer Street near Baker Beach took place around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 7. Allan Dunne, age 18, was pronounced dead at the scene and a 17-year-old suffered what police described as life-threatening but has since been released from the hospital.
Police said following the crash that Murch, Dunne and the 17-year-old were in a Ford utility vehicle traveling eastbound on Palmer Street near Baker Beach when it crossed over the yellow center double lines at about 12:35 a.m., police said. The vehicle clipped a utility pole on Palmer Street, went off the road, struck a chain-link fence, hit and snapped in half another utility pole, then hit two parked cars before flipping over.
Police said speed was a factor in the crash.
Murch walked away from the crash and was found nearby, police said. He was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries and also had an open warrant served on him. Murch was later released.