Catherine Griffin, 25, Claims Passenger’s Unwelcome Sexual Advances and Not Alcohol Caused Fatal Accident
A strip club worker who was backed in court by a coven of Salem witches told police she had been drinking but was fighting off a Danvers teen’s unwelcome sexual advances when she drove into a parked tow truck early Saturday morning, impaling him on a flatbed, prosecutors said.
“He would not stop touching me,” Angelique Catherine Griffin, 25, told police about 19-year-old Dillon Renard, who was pronounced dead in the front passenger seat of her mangled PT Cruiser on Boston Street in Salem. Griffin admitted to downing two beers and two “very strong” drinks of vodka mixed with Red Bull, but claimed to have no memory of the accident, police and prosecutors said.
A hysterical Griffin wailed at the scene, “Did I kill him? Is he dead?” and repeated over and over that she didn’t want to get behind the wheel because of her impaired condition, but was pressured to do so by friends she claimed were even drunker than she was, Assistant Essex District Attorney Jane Prince said. Renard was killed shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday when Griffin plowed her PT Cruiser into a parked flatbed, Prince said. Renard, who worked for Home Depot in Danvers, was a passenger in the front seat.