Drunk Driver Stops For Taco Bell After Killing Pedestrian In Hit And Run

A Massacusetts man placed a food order moments after a fatal hit and run. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

Drunk driving and hit and run accidents display a blatant and egregious disregard for human life. One Massachusetts man, however, has figured out a way to make it even worse. Robert A. Loranger, 66, of Springfield stopped into his local Taco Bell drive-through and put in a food order moments after mowing down 51-year-old Harry Fernandez. When police came to his home, Loranger said, “Why wasn't I told this?," despite having his victim’s blood, hair and body tissue embedded on his windshield.

Though it was only 10:40 in the morning, police say Loranger’s blood alcohol level was already 0.136 percent. The legal limit of 0.08. In addition, officer’s found crack cocaine and pill bottles inside his car. According to Loranger, he takes blood pressure medication, blood thinners, narcotic painkillers and other medications for a variety of health issues.

EMS treated Harry Fernandez at the accident scene before taking him to Baystate Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Ironically, Loranger was taken to the same hospital, where he gave authorities long, rambling answers to questions and saying the damage to his car was the result of items falling off the back of a truck, before “nodding off” according to the police report. He has been charged with motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and possession of crack cocaine and plead not guilty to all charges. His bail was set at $95,000 and he is due back in court in October. Loranger has a previous DWI conviction and another open case for leaving the scene of an accident in Palmer, Massachusetts.

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