Man charged with DUI in deadly Exeter crash pleads not guilty
WAKEFIELD, R.I. (WLNE) — The man accused in the death of West Warwick teen Matthew Dennison, appearing before a judge Wednesday, pleading not guilty.
Alexander Krajewski arrived at the Washington County Court House Wednesday morning, having to walk through friends, family and supporters of Matthew.
Krajewski, 30, a former Newport firefighter, is charged with:
- One count of driving to endanger, death resulting
- One count of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor and drugs, death resulting
- One count of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor and drugs, serious injury resulting
- One count of driving to endanger, personal, resulting in personal injury
“When you put that much alcohol and cocaine in your system, you’re deciding to put others in jeopardy,“ Mark Dennison, Matthew’s father said.
Feb. 12 was the tragic night when police say Krajewski got behind the wheel drunk, and crashed head-on into another car, killing Dennison and injuring his teammate.
“There shouldn’t be second chances, you knew you were making a mistake and you knew you were doing the wrong thing when you did it so in my opinion there should not be second chances but that’s just how I feel,“ Matthew’s Aunt, Michelle Knox, said.
“We lost our son and nothing is going to bring him back,“ Mark Dennison said.
After the hearing was over, Matthew’s father spoke to ABC 6 News outside the court house calling for justice to be served.
“It doesn’t matter in the long run if he was given a life sentence, it wouldn’t give us what we need, we have the rest of our lives to spend missing a big part of our family,“ he said.
New legislation, introduced on Smith Hill, would increase penalties for repeat offenders who drive drunk and cause deadly crashes.
“This can’t go on anymore, it really can’t, Rhode Island really needs to change the laws because it just, it’s so unacceptable,“ Knox said.
Matthew’s family, hoping change will be made so that what happened to Matthew, never happens to anyone else again.
“I said this is the day buddy, this is where it starts, and we’ve got you, we got your back here,“ Mark Dennison said.
Krajewski will be back in court Sept. 26.