Fatal August moped crash linked to drugs, alcohol

January 3, 2014

Bristol Police have determined that operating his motor scooter in a negligent manner last summer, while under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, “was solely responsible for” the death of the uncle of ex-Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.
Bristol Police recently concluded its investigation of the moped crash that killed 49-year-old Robert Valentine, who was ejected from his moped on Aug. 3, while traveling northbound on Central Street by the intersection of Church Avenue just after 1 a.m.
According to a press release, Valentine’s scooter scraped along the right side curb of Central Street right before he lost control and was ejected from it. The release said he sustained a critical head injury when his head hit the curb, and he died at the scene a short time later. Valentine was not wearing a helmet and was wearing dark colored glasses, which “likely hampered his vision while operating during nighttime hours.”
The release also said his blood alcohol level was at .19 percent, and cocaine was also detected in his system. Evidence also showed there was no other vehicle involved in the crash.

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