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Wednesday, November 27, 2019 1:00 am

OWI charges filed in deadly car crash

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A New Haven man has been charged with causing a crash that killed a 21-year-old college student last month. 

Police said Nicholas A. Goyal was drunk – three separate chemical tests showed his blood alcohol content was at least twice the legal limit of 0.08% – when the Buick LaCrosse he was driving slammed into a Mazda SUV on Oct. 19. 

The highest reading showed a blood alcohol content of 0.24%, three times the legal limit, according to court documents filed Tuesday in Allen Superior Court. 

Andrew Carpenter, an Ivy Tech baseball player, was a passenger in the back seat of the SUV and died Oct. 29. Three others in the vehicle were injured.

Goyal, 37, faces five felonies including operating while intoxicated causing death, which is punishable by up to 12 years in prison. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

Carpenter and friends Madison Morin, Taylor Moriarity and Luis Vergara had just left a sandwich shop about 9 p.m. and were stopped at a traffic light on Executive Boulevard, waiting to turn left onto Coliseum Boulevard West. The light turned green and Morin, who was driving, told police “the next thing she knew everyone was screaming.” 

Goyal had run a red light and crashed into the driver's side of the Mazda CX7 at 56 mph, a probable cause affidavit alleges. 

When officers arrived, Carpenter was unresponsive. He was taken to a hospital and placed in a medically induced coma from which he never awoke. 

The other passengers reported injuries that included bruises, chest pain and pain in legs and ribs. 

Goyal was also injured and told police he was traveling east on Coliseum when the Mazda “suddenly pulled in front of him,” the affidavit states. Witnesses and surveillance video from the area contradict that, according to investigators. 

A truck driver parked nearby reportedly said the light for the Mazda was green when the crash occurred. Video shows the Buick slamming into the Mazda at 9:04 p.m., police said.

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