Bliss charged with motor vehicle homicide, second OUI
By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
WEST BROOKFIELD — A local senior citizen was killed in a Monday morning three-car accident caused by an alleged drunk driver.
Alexander R. Cordy, 78, of 177 Shea Road, was pronounced dead at Bay State Mary Lane Hospital in Ware as a result of injuries he sustained in the accident. Cindy Bliss, 54, of 42 Oak Drive, was charged with motor vehicle homicide (OUI negligent or reckless operation), Operating Under the Influence (Second Offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speed greater than reasonable, marked lanes violations, violating pavement marking and signs, and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Mrs. Bliss is being held without bail is scheduled to be arraigned in the East Brookfield District Court on Tuesday.
Fires responders were dispatched to the intersection of Milk and West Main streets for a motor vehicle roll over at approximately 11:51 a.m., with units finding two vehicles in the yard of the parish center of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, police said.
According to police, Mrs. Bliss was driving west bound on West Main Street when she crossed the double yellow line into the eastbound lane, sideswiping a motor vehicle operated by West Brookfield resident Taylor Paquette, aged 26, before striking Mr. Cordy’s vehicle, which had stopped at the stop sign on Milk Street at West Main Street. The collision pushed Mr. Cordy’s vehicle onto the lawn of the parish center while the vehicle operated by Mrs. Bliss landed on the driver’s side, against the porch of the building, officials said.
Mrs. Bliss had to be extricated from her vehicle with the assistance of the North Brookfield Fire Department. She was transported to Bay State Mary Lane Hospital, where she was treated and released before being taken into custody and charged by police. Ms. Paquette was not injured in the three-car accident.
Assistance was also received from the Massachusetts State Police, State Police CARS Unit, North Brookfield Police, and Brookfield Ambulance.