Young man pleads not guilty to charges in Cape Cod boat crash that claimed life of teen girl


A young Medfield man on Tuesday morning pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a Cape Cod boating crash that claimed the life of a 17-year-old Sherborn girl over the summer.

David K. Sullivan, 19, was arraigned in Barnstable Superior Court on charges including death of a person caused by operating vessel/boat under the influence of intoxicating liquor, possessing false RMV documents, minor in possession of alcohol, operation of a vessel while under the influence of intoxicating liquor causing serious bodily injury, and reckless or negligent operation of a vessel causing death, according to Cape & Islands District Attorney Robert J. Galibois.

Sullivan was indicted in late September by a Barnstable County grand jury.

Emergency crews responding to a report of a boat crash in Sesuit Harbor in Dennis on the evening of July 21 learned Dover-Sherborn High School senior Sadie Mauro had died in the wreck. Two others were seriously injured.

College that local lacrosse star had committed to ‘heartbroken’ over deadly Cape Cod boat crash

Mauro, a former resident of Shelburne, Vermont, was a star lacrosse player at Dover-Sherborn High and had committed to playing lacrosse at Gettysburg College next year.

Dover-Sherborn High School Principal John Smith remembered Mauro as “a hardworking student and great athlete.”

A preliminary investigation found that the vessel was equipped with two outboard 250-horsepower engines bearing an Alabama registration, Galibois said.

Charges were filed against Sullivan following an investigation that included officials from the Dennis Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Environmental Police, the State Police Marine Unit, the Massachusetts State Police Dive Team, and the Barnstable County Regional Dive Team.

Sullivan was ordered held on $5,000 bail and to surrender his passport if he’s able to post that amount.

He is due back in court on December 14.

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