Marina Keegan's boyfriend may face charges in her death

Los Angeles Times | Cape Cod Times

Massachusetts State Police have summoned Michael Gocksch before a magistrate on a charge of vehicular homicide. Marina Keegan, Gocksch's girlfriend, was killed on Cape Cod in late May when Gocksch lost control of his Lexus, which hit a guardrail and flipped over twice. Gocksch had fallen asleep, Keegan's parents have told reporters.

Keegan was a writer and had accepted a job at The New Yorker after graduating Yale this spring. At the time of her death, her play "Independents" was due to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival this August, she'd had a short story presented on NPR's "Selected Shorts" and she'd written a guest piece about investment bankers recruiting Yalies in The New York Times. Since her death a column she wrote for the Yale Daily News called "The Opposite of Loneliness" has become something of an Internet sensation.

Both Keegan and Gocksch were wearing seatbelts, Mary Ann Bragg reports in the Cape Cod Times: "The way Keegan was reclined in the front passenger seat might have contributed to her death, her father said."

If the magistrate finds probable cause, Bragg writes, criminal charges can be filed against Gocksch. The hearing is scheduled for July 5.

Previously: Promising writer, Yale grad Marina Keegan dies in weekend car accident

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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