By Associated Press - Sunday, December 8, 2019

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - The manslaughter trial of a Massachusetts woman charged with yanking on the steering wheel of an SUV filled with Halloween revelers, causing a crash that resulted in the death of another passenger, is getting underway.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that testimony in the jury-waived trial of Gina Corrieri, 22, of Worcester, is scheduled to start Monday in Worcester Superior Court.

Corrieri was a front-seat passenger in the vehicle on Oct. 29, 2016. There were six costumed people in the SUV returning from a Halloween celebration in Salem when Corrieri yanked on the steering wheel on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Westborough, prosecutors said.

The SUV veered off the highway and struck a rock ledge, ejecting Ashley Sheehan, 26, of Spencer, who died after getting struck by passing vehicles, authorities said.

Corrieri denies grabbing the steering wheel or causing the crash, defense attorney Robert Iacovelli said.

Three other passengers were hurt. The driver faces drunken driving and vehicular homicide charges and is expected to testify for the prosecution.

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