Danvers Teen Killed in Boston Street Crash

A Salem woman is facing a felonious charge of vehicular homicide.


A Salem woman is facing a vehicular homicide charge after a 19-year-old Danvers man was killed in an alcohol-related car crash early Saturday morning on Boston Street.

Dillon Renard of Danvers was killed just before 4 a.m. when the car he was traveling in hit a flat bed tow truck at on Boston Street,  said. Renard was dead by the time emergency responders arrived on scene, police said. 

Angelique Griffin, 25, of 30 Pleasant St. in Salem was driving the vehicle and is currently in the custody of the Salem Police, according to Sgt. Marc Berube. She is being charged with motor vehicle homicide, operating to endanger negligently while operating under the influence of liquor.

The vehicle homicide charge is a felony.

State Police are investigating the accident.

Berube said the vehicle was coming into Salem, just over the Peabody line at the time of the accident.

"The operator veered off to the right into a flat bed tow truck," he explained. While Renard was killed by the impact, Griffin "essentially escaped the accident with very minor injuries," Berube explained. 

reported the Jaws of Life were used on scene to remove the roof of the vehicle.

Griffin was treated at the hospital and released. She is currently being held on $50,000 cash bail. 

Det. Dennis Gaudet of the Salem Police Department responded to the scene. Officer John Burke was the investigating officer. 

jessica June 16, 2012 at 03:25 PM
RIP Dillon! You were one of my brothers good friends, and my heart goes out to your family and friends! You were too young to die!
Adrienne June 16, 2012 at 03:30 PM
R.I.P. Dillon. You will be greatly missed. My heart and prayers goes out to you and your family. Its so hard to believe your gone.
gene June 16, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Is Dillon any relation to Dick and Beth Renard?
Mary June 16, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I'm so sorry to the Renard family. Dillon was definitely too young die! I really hope that Griffin finally pays for all of her carelessness! She should know better than to drive drunk! Theres no excuse, she cost a child his whole life. She can't undo that and should be convicted, without a doubt
Tianna June 16, 2012 at 04:38 PM
R.i.p.dillon we all love u n will miss u so much u will all ways b in r hearts
Courtney Lynn Perreault June 16, 2012 at 04:45 PM
R.I.P Dillon<3 u will be missed by ur family nd friends. u were way too young to die</3i hope ur in a better place now. I remember i used to always say "ur my most favorite cousin" it was true too(: I'm glad u didnt suffer nd that it was instant cus u deffinatly dnt deserve to suffer. Angel deserves to be in prison for what shes done..u passed awaay way too young nd u di not deserve it. ur a great person nd i love u. ur family loves u very much too ! Love Always, ur cousin Courtney<3
Tara Harris June 16, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Tragedy all around. For everyone, on both sides and all of their family members. My peace be with everyone.
Ann Marie Flynn June 16, 2012 at 05:00 PM
RIP Dillon, You will be missed and my prayers and strength go out to your mom and family. They do not desurve to be going through this, you are now another angel that was taken way to young.
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Emily Butler June 16, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Dillon you were so amazing to so many different people, you had you're hardships but everyone does . I'm at a loss of words right now . I remember all the times we spend together from you throwing a frisbee at me and busting my lip open, to making lobsters in the sand down at danes beach, to you singing one wish by ray j to me <3 I want to thank you for all the advice you have given me over the last 5 years - fly high sweetheart & rest in paradise !
tiffanie lightbody June 16, 2012 at 06:18 PM
my heart goes out to your family and friends too young to die-gone too soon
Lesilie June 16, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Nobody has anything to say about the girl :/ well I do I hope she spends the rest of her drunkin life behind bars
john June 16, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I also have something to say about the girl. There are no winners in this accident and yes it was an accident.One life was lost and another most likely destroyed.People make mistakes. I feel sorry for all involved and can only that if I were her,I would be wishing I could be the one that died.She will be punished for her poor judgement for a very long time,but that won't bring back the victim.
Susan Millett Oliver June 16, 2012 at 11:32 PM
rip dillon you were in the wrong place at the wrong time living the fast life people need to slow the heck down , and for the girl she has god to judge her in the end .rest dillon in gods arms for eternity i hope we meet again ,in another time we will alwayw miss you ill never forget wll the silly things you used to do .straith gose out to mom and the rest of the family .prayers are going out for u everyday ,no one deserves to loose anyone close. trust in god
Joseph Donoghue June 17, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Our family's hearts and prayers go out to both Renard and Griffin families. Both families are faced with this tragedy today. I hope this accident, results in some change and awareness of the horrific possibilities that may occur, when getting behind the wheel, while under the influence. I know I learned that lesson the hard way, and thankfully, lived to tell about i R.I.P. Dylan
Susan Millett Oliver June 18, 2012 at 04:54 PM
my familys hearts go out to dylans family for their lost .dylan was a awsome kid growing up ,loved life we will miss him dearly .rest in gods hands i n heaven no more pain.........
Jasen R. Walsh June 22, 2012 at 09:56 AM
No winners. If everyone who drives drunk learned from this tragedy, it would make this accident less tragic. mr renard is gone, and the young female will never be the same person. She will never forgive herself. His family will be forever scared as well as hers I believe this was meant to be. Because of this tragic accident, some teenagers around the world are now aware of the seriousness of drinking and driving. SaDly a few have to leave us,to get the point across.
Joanne Miller June 24, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Both kids are lost now, they BOTH MADE A TERRIBLE CHOICE, Dillon lost his life but Angelique gets to pay for it the rest of hers. Too many drink and drive and by the grace of God make it home without killing themselves or anyone else. They were both drinking and BOTH got on the car willingly. They are both responsible, they were both over 18. Sadly God chose to call Dillon home it was his time. He chose to leave Angelique here with us her brothers and sisters, perhaps to teach us all how to FORGIVE! Enough with the outright evil comments, have you never sought forgiveness from your peers? Like it or not your nastiness towards this woman shows your maturity. Anyway, who are any of us to judge and condem!


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