Mattapan man charged with OUI, manslaughter for death of pedestrian last fall

Dervin Hibbert, 53, was arraigned Friday in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of manslaughter by motor vehicle and motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence for the death of a man standing on a Cummins Highway sidewalk last fall, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

A Suffolk County grand jury indicted Hibbert on the charges earlier this month. They carry minimum mandatory terms of five years and one year, respectively, the DA's office says.

According to the DA's office, Walter Harris, 48, was standing outside Crest Liquors, near Ridlon Street, around 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 23:

"Hibbert pulled into the parking lane, [Assistant District Attorney Ryan] Mingo said, then accelerated in reverse at a high rate of speed. His SUV traveled up onto the sidewalk for several car-lengths, striking Harris and dragging him for several feet. Harris was killed instantly. Hibbert was traveling at such a high rate of speed that the vehicle tore a fire hydrant out of its mounting in the ground.

"Hibbert attempted to drive forward but was stopped by witnesses. When told he struck someone he became hysterical and was transported to Brigham and Women's Hospital. Clinical blood work undertaken by hospital staff was subpoenaed by prosecutors and revealed a blood-alcohol level of .14, well above the legal limit for driving."

A court clerk set bail at $5,000.