February 6, 2024 -Springfield- On Friday, February 2, 2024 a Hampden County Superior Court Jury found Misael Sanchez, 39, of Springfield, guilty of manslaughter while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. On the same day a superior court judge sentenced Misael Sanchez to 7-10 years in prison on the charge stemming from a August 2018 fatal motor vehicle crash on Parker Street in Springfield.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “This crash tragically took the life of an innocent man, leaving his family and friends to forever grieve after this sudden loss. Detectives from the Springfield Police Department did an excellent job investigating this case. I also thank Assistant District Attorney Peter Galluci, assigned to my office’s Motor Vehicle Homicide Unit, for his skill in prosecuting this case and ensuring justice was done.”
On August 4, 2018 at 4:40a.m., members of the Springfield Police Department responded to the 1000 block of Parker Street for reports of a serious motor vehicle crash involving a Toyota Avalon and an Acura TSX. Officers discovered the operator of the Toyota Avalon with serious injuries and rushed him to Baystate Medical Center where he passed away a short time later. He was identified as Mr. Christopher Martin, 47, of Springfield.
Misael Sanchez, who was operating the Acura received minor injuries. It was later determined his blood alcohol levels were above the legal limit at the time of the crash.
Assistant District Attorney Peter Galluci successfully represented the Commonwealth at trial.