A grand jury indicted a Newton man Wednesday on two counts of motor vehicle homicide for an accident in which an SUV crashed into the Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in March, killing two people and injuring several others.
Officials say that Bradford Casler, 55, was driving a Volkswagen Touareg SUV down Chestnut Street in Newton at about 6 p.m. on March 1 when the vehicle crossed over Washington Street and collided with several cars before slamming through the front of Sweet Tomatoes.
Gregory D. Morin, 32, of Newton, and Eleanor Miele, 57, of Watertown, were both pronounced dead at the scene. Seven other people sustained serious injuries.
Casler's driver's license was revoked as an "immediate threat" soon after the crash, according to officials.
Casler was indicted on two counts of motor vehicle homicide and one count of operating a motor vehicle to endanger. His arraignment date in Middlesex Superior Court has not yet been determined.
Authorities have not said what caused the accident, but a person close to Casler told The Boston Globe that Casler suffers from multiple sclerosis, which causes him to walk with a stagger and experience balance problems.
Following the incident, Newton Mayor Setti Warren invited mourners to join him for a vigil, saying that "This tragedy has touched us all, and we are offering this event as an opportunity for our community to stand together in remembrance of the victims."