- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - Prosecutors say a University of Vermont student had a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit to drive and was suffering from acute alcohol intoxication when he crashed his car in Massachusetts and killed his boyhood friend.

Joseph Castano, wearing a neck brace and with his right arm in a sling, was released on $25,000 bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges including motor vehicle homicide by operating under the influence of liquor.

Prosecutors say the 20-year-old Castano was speeding in his father’s BMW when he crashed into a utility pole at about 12:15 a.m. Saturday near Endicott College in Beverly.

Castano’s passenger, 19-year-old Endicott student Craig Sampson, died. Both men are from Williston, Vermont.

Castano’s lawyer says his client is devastated by his friend’s death.

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