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Driver indicted on motor-vehicle homicide charges for 2013 Pepperell crash

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Riendeau, left and Van Schoick, right
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LOWELL — Two years after Kendall Van Schoick was killed in an early-morning car accident in Pepperell, the 21-year-old driver, who is accused of speeding while driving drunk, has been indicted on motor-vehicle homicide charges.

David C. Riendeau, 21, of Brookline, N.H., is scheduled to be arraigned in Lowell Superior Court on Sept. 29 on charges of motor-vehicle homicide by negligent operation, operating under the influence and reckless operation in connection with the Aug. 16, 2013 fatal crash on Heald Street in Pepperell that killed Riendeau’s friend.

In explaining why the case took two years to indict, Middlesex District Attorney spokesman Elizabeth Vlock said, “Motor vehicle reconstructions are complex investigations. They rely on medical examiner’s reports, toxicology reports, and thorough and detailed reviews of the evidence. Our office awaits work and reports from other professionals before we can fully review a case, as result, they may sometimes take an extended period of time to indict.”

Pepperell police responded at 2:45 a.m. for a single-car crash on Heald Street near Bayberry Street where they found skid marks and a car wedged between a hill and a utility pole. Riendeau and two friends, who were in the car behind Riendeau, told police they needed help getting their friend, Kendall Van Schoick, out of Riendeau’s car.

But when emergency personnel checked, Van Schoick, 20, of Brookline, N.H., was unresponsive and not breathing. He was later declared dead at the scene, prosecutors said.

Riendeau allegedly told police he was going 50 mph in a 30 mph zone when he lost control of the car at a curb, locked his brakes, crossed the street and hit a pole.

Riendeau allegedly admitted to drinking three Bud Light beers that night. He blew a .081 on a portable Breathealyzer test which is just at the legal limit of .08. He passed some field sobriety tests and failed some tests.