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Griffin Says 'It's My Fault; It's My Car'

Griffin was arraigned at Salem District Court on Monday.

Angelique Griffin, 25, of 30 Pleasant St. in Salem, pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide Monday at Salem District Court.

Dillon Renard, 19, of Kirkbride Drive in Danvers, was killed instantly, outside on Boston Street in Salem early Saturday.

Griffin's cash bail was reduced from $50,000 to $10,000, according to the Boston Herald. If Griffin posts bail, she will be required to wear a GPS tracking device and will be ordered to stay in her residence.

The single mother of toddler twins, who is employed by the Golden Banana in Peabody, according to court records, admitted to first responders at the scene that she had been drinking prior to the accident. 

According to court documents, Griffin stated she did not want to drive, but said the people she was with suggested she get behind the wheel because she consumed less liquor than they had. 

Griffin said she had consumed two beers and two Red Bull vodkas, according to court records. 

Court documents indicated Griffin repeatedly asked if Renard was dead and said to a police officer: "It's my fault; it's my car." 

Griffin told police Renard had been driving her vehicle for part of the ride, and the two had been arguing prior to the accident, court records stated. 

Court documents said a partially empty Budweiser can was found on the vehicle floor behind the passenger seat, and another can was found outside the vehicle in the grass. A drinking glass was also found on the floor of the driver's area. 

On Monday, Renard's family wore shirts with his photograph in the court room, which was reportedly an emotional scene, according to NECN

Griffin is due back in court on July 18, according to Boston.com

Griffin had no record prior to Saturday's fatal accident, according to court documents. 

gene June 19, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Why is the idea that she may be employed at the Golden Banana important? This is a terrible tragedy that you are turning into tabloid trash!
Aubry Bracco (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 09:47 PM
It's not an idea, "gene." It's a fact. This wasn't sensationalized or made up. The information to which you are referring is coming directly from court documents as stated. If you take a look around, the reports on the details of this tragic story are pretty consistent. We understand this is an emotional time for many, and we're doing our best to bring our readers as much as we can report in a respectful manner.
Erin Cyr June 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM
In any story like this they would list where the people involved were employed.
Carol Borowski June 19, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Where she works is unimportant. When you or any paper mentions the Golden Banana, we all know what you are trying to present.
gene June 20, 2012 at 12:33 AM
The bottom line is this "WHY IS IT IMPORTANT???" Is it because you only culled out what was reported by other news outlets and decided to follow suit? Based upon the references to the Herald, NECN and the like I doubt that any court records were researched. Like I said this is a sad story where all parties are losers. You, like the Salem News, have chosen to cheapen your reporting with the Golden Banana reference. Shame on you!
gene June 20, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Like my mother used to say - if everyone jumped off the bridge would you too?
john June 20, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Did I miss where the victim was employed?

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