A 23 year-old West Roxbury man whose driving negligence caused a violent collision in 2013 that led to the eventual death of Dorchester father and put a second young man in a wheelchair was properly convicted, according to the state’s Appeals Court.
In a ruling on Friday, the court rejected a defense claim that there was insufficient evidence to convict Nikolas Papadopolous in a Brighton court trial in 2015. His SUV was traveling over the limit when it veered over a barrier on the Arborway in Jamaica Plain and struck a pick-up truck driven by 33 year-old Kevin Cellucci, who suffered a traumatic brain injury. Cellucci died last year.
One of Papadopoulos’ passengers, then 14, suffered a traumatic brain injury after being ejected from the vehicle and now uses a wheelchair for mobility.
District Attorney Dan Conley praised the decision.
“This devastating crash was not an accident – it was the result of a decision to ignore the rules of the road at a dangerously high speed, and we’re pleased to see the defendant’s conviction affirmed,” Conley said.
After his conviction, Papadopolous was ordered to serve two year behind bars, with one year of the term suspended, followed by five years of probation after his conviction. Judge Debra Shopteese also ordered him to perform 2000 hours of community service and stay off of social media, according to the DA’s office.