A man from Springfield, Massachusetts stopped to order food at Taco Bell Friday after hitting and killing a pedestrian, the Republican reported. 66-year-old Robert A. Loranger was driving his 2013 Cadillac while under the influence of alcohol and thought he hit a cardboard box before police found Loranger and informed him that he had struck and killed a person.
The Republican reported that Loranger pulled in to a Taco Bell drive through and placed a food order in his heavily damaged car around 10:40 p.m. last Friday. Loranger made it home, where police found him about an hour later. The police found blood, body tissue, and hair on the Cadillac before placing Loranger under arrest.
Loranger was in court on Monday and not guilty to vehicular 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.
The victim has been identified as 51-year-old Harry Fernandez. He was hit and killed by Loranger while crossing the street, police told the Republican. First responders applied first aid to Fernandez before taking him to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Judge Patrick Sabbs assigned a bail of $95,000 after the prosecution asked for $100,000 bail on account of the fact that Loranger has a previous conviction for drunk driving and has another outstanding case pending for a separate car accident. Loranger will appear in court again October 12 for a pre-trial hearing.