Mohamed Alfageeh, 30, is charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving to endanger. Photo: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro
A 30-year-old Allston convenience store owner pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges related to a Back Bay crash that killed a couple in June.
Mohamed Alfageeh was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on two charges of motor vehicle homicide and one charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle for the deaths of Jessica Campbell, 27, and John Lanzillotti, 28, both of Brookline.
Assistant District Attorney Gregory Henning claimed multiple witnesses saw Alfageeh run a red light while the couple was in a crosswalk.
Witnesses said the two were holding hands and had a walk signal when Alfageeh's SUV slammed into another car, causing his vehicle to skid through the crosswalk and strike the pair.
Lanzillotti, who worked for the Boston Red Sox, died at the scene and Campbell was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she later died. Members of both victims’ families were present at Monday's arraignment.
"This is obviously a serious case… [Alfageeh] caused the death of two young people," said Henney.
Alfageeh's attorney, John Seed, argued that his client be released on personal recognizance.
"There are no two ways about this. This is a tragic accident. But the focus is on whether or not he's a flight risk," said Seed, whose client is a naturalized citizen from Yemen.
Alfageeh was held on $10,000 cash bail. He is due in court for a pre-trial conference on Sept. 22.