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No Indictments in Weston Road Hit-and-Run

Police closing case against driver of vehicle involved in hit-and-run which killed a Wellesley cyclist last year.

 

The grand jury is in on last August’s fatal crash on Weston Road, and police are closing the case. 

A statement from the Wellesley Police Department indicates that the case is now closed, and there are no further options to pursue criminal charges against the driver after the grand jury elected not to indict. 

Police say they have spent three months investigating the crash, including a systematic reconstruction with trucking experts. Wellesley and State police, as well as the District Attorney's office believed there was probably cause to seek charges against the driver of the 18-wheeler. 

A press release from the police department indicates police and the DA had brought forth charges motor vehicle homicide, precautions for the safety of other drivers, and unsafe passing of a bicycle. Over the course of several days of testimony and reports of witnesses, however, the grand jury elected not to indict. 

Last August, cyclist Alexander Motsenigos lost his life after being by a passing truck one afternoon this summer, at the intersection of Linden Street and Weston Street. According to an August press release from the WPD, Motsenigos, 41, was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A memorial was set up at the site during the week following the crash, and passing cyclists and fellow Pan-Mass Challenge riders stopped to pay their respects to Motsenigos. A Ghost Bike memorial was also briefly put in place at the scene. 

A report in  Patch readers voted that intersection one of the most dangerous in Wellesley.

[Correction: a previous version of this story may have implied there were no charges in the case, which is not the case. The jury elected not to indict. 2:22 p.m.]

Daniel February 06, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Can someone please explain to the people of Massachusetts why 1) this driver (with a such a horrendous record) was permitted to be on the road and 2) how the DA’s office failed to secure an indictment on even a single charge? Great message we’re sending to cyclists (you simply don’t count) and reckless drivers (don’t worry about consequences).
Grahame Turner February 06, 2013 at 03:31 PM
The only thing I could glean from the police reports is that the driver did not seem to know the crash had occurred until police were knocking on his door. I would not say it excuses him, but that may be related to why none of the charges stuck. The family is seeking a civil suit, so there may yet be another chapter in the story. http://patch.com/A-1DDZ

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