UPDATE: Charlene Casey has been sentenced to 60 days in the house of corrections for misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide. 10 months suspended.  She will be on probation for two years + 100 hours of community service.

The trial of a driver charged in a crash that killed two-year-old Colin McGrath back in 2018 continued on Tuesday at Suffolk Superior Court.

Charlene Casey has been charged with motor vehicle homicide in the July 25, 2018 crash.  Casey was driving a Toyota Prius on East Sixth Street around 3:30 p.m. when prosecutors say she failed to yield to a van on L Street.  The van ended up on the sidewalk hitting McGrath who was in a stroller walking with his caretaker and his four-year-old sister who was also injured.

On Tuesday, the trial began with on juror being excused due to COVID symptoms then the defense called witness Kevin Bui to the stand.  Bui says he waved Casey through the intersection that day.  He made eye contact and then waved her to go.  He claims the van “came out of nowhere.”

Last week, first responders and commuters who witnessed the crash took the stand.

Good Samaritan Mary Kate Shea said she was in her car when she heard the crash. She exited her car to help an found Colin not breathing in his nanny’s arms. She then began to administer CPR.

“I kept talking to Colin telling him that we loved him and he needed to fight,” she said.

On Thursday, emotional testimony was given by Tracey Lewis, the nanny who was with the children that day and Kerri McGrath, mother of Colin.

Also on Thursday, a police reconstruction expert, William Zubrin, broke down the police’s conclusion that Casey was at fault.

“This crash was caused by operator error, Ms. Charlene Casey’s failure to stop for the van,” said Zubrin. “She crashed into the front wheel. The suspension, the steering was broken in the van. … It was in no control directionally by Mr. Racioppi, the (van) operator.”

Zubrin also testified Racioppi was going about 30 mph on a road with a speed limit of 25 mph.

Around 11am on Tuesday, the jury also took a trip to view the intersection of L + 6th .

By 2pm, closing remarks from both sides have concluded and jury deliberations are now underway.

After a day and half of deliberation, the jury has come back with a guilty verdict.  Casey faces up to two and a half years in a house of correction. She is scheduled to be sentenced on October 20th.




  1. Meghan Collins October 12, 2022 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    This is why I am always sooo damn cautious in intersections. This is sad on all parts. This poor family lost their child and this poor person who just didn’t pay attention will possibly go to jail.. Very sad all around.

  2. Joe cook October 13, 2022 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Yes very sad all around , all we can do is say a prayer for both families . 🙏

  3. God Bless You… October 13, 2022 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    …little man. I can’t…I just can’t. Colin’s beautiful family is in my thoughts and prayers pretty much constantly. ESPECIALLY when I’m on a certain, heartbreaking section of L St, which is, basically, an extension of the boulevard as well as the xway beyond. Anybody who doesn’t “tap the brakes” at EVERY intersection along that treacherous street shouldn’t be driving. This is not hindsight…this is common sense.

    Sweet dreams, little boy. We’ will never, ever forget you.

  4. Linda Lynch October 14, 2022 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    It is a very sad situation. I myself, couldn’t imagine losing my child. Prayers for Colin’s family and for Mrs. Casey & her family. We all know Mrs. Casey did not do this on purpose. She did stop at the intersection. I wonder why the other person in the van didn’t get any punishment. Obviously, he went through the intersection with out looking and probably at a higher speed, which he shouldn’t have been going since it was such a hard hit. If Mrs. Casey stopped and then tried to go through the intersection fast before other cars came, she couldn’t have been speeding. Just my opinion.

    • If That Van Was Going… October 15, 2022 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      …25 mph (the legal speed limit) or less then I’m Santa Claus. The footage showed that this idiot came SCREAMING into that intersection. And “no”, I do not know the woman who was convicted. What I DO know is that a pipe filled with “unsmoked” marijuana was found on the floor of the van. He was, in my opinion, probably looking down at it while trying to light it when…an entire family was decimated. Did the woman carelessly advance into the intersection? Yes (again, my opinion).
      None of this can fix the heartache. That’s understood. But that guy in the van just dodged a bullet.

      Rest In Peace, little man.

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