Fatal Accident Addition: A Family Tragedy

December 14, 2010
By Parker Scheer LLP on December 14, 2010 10:04 AM |

"In the moments after he allegedly struck Cynthia Ray [who was at the barracks to pick up an accident report involving her husband, Brian Ray] with his 2010 Chevrolet Silverado, Robert V. Bryant, 50, the chief operating officer of a computer software company, reportedly asked a state trooper, 'Did I hit somebody? A pedestrian? I don't remember doing that.' At the time, the resident of Haverhill's Bradford neighborhood was being given a field sobriety test, which State Police say he failed.

Yesterday, Bryant was charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, drunken driving, leaving the scene of personal injury and death, and other offenses.

During his arraignment in Lawrence District Court, he kept his head tilted downward and did not talk. His lawyer, Francis O'Brien, entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

'This is a good man who unfortunately is now a defendant in a very serious case,' O'Brien said. He characterized his client as a family man without a criminal record and no history of alcohol abuse. Bryant is married and has four children, three of whom are in college."

Brian Ray's father, Steve Ray said, "I'm sorry for [Bryant] and his family, for the anguish that he caused for his family and our family, but he didn't take his responsibility serious enough. I drive a truck. I know what responsibility is. This man, he took a life that lit up our world.''

The full article and embedded video are featured in the Boston Globe, December 14, 2010: A family tragedy, its toll multiplied