Longtime North End tailor, Vittorio Recupero, was identified by State Police as the victim of an I-95 car accident on Tuesday night about 8:30 pm. Recupero’s shop was located at 121 Salem Street.
A 71-year-old Wakefield resident, Recupero reportedly pulled over his Hyundai Tucson in the breakdown lane on Interstate I-95 in the Reading area. State Police reports show he was standing near his car when he was allegedly struck by a Toyota Scion driven by 32-year-old female, Mary Grigoriadis who had reportedly been drinking.
Recupero was pronounced dead at Lahey Clinic in Burlington. Grigoriadis is expected to be arraigned in Woburn District Court for operating under the influence and is being held on $10,000 bail. State Police closed two I-95 lanes for several hours on Tuesday night as part of the investigation and cleanup.
Update 11/20/13: Suspect Mary Grigoriadis has pleaded not guilty in Woburn District Court to charges associated with the incident. Prosecutors said she failed multiple field sobriety tests and registered a blood alcohol level of .13 on a breath test. More at Boston Herald.