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Driver Accused in Deadly Springfield Accident Involved in 2012 Crash


(Plainfield Street Accident in Springfield)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Police say the driver involved in a deadly accident Tuesday night in Springfield was also involved in another deadly collision last year.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that Ale Moultrie was driving on Plainfield Street when he allegedly hit a pedestrian with a pickup truck around 8:00 p.m.

That person, only identified at this time as a Springfield man in his 50′s, was taken to Baystate Medical Center where he later died.

Sgt. Delaney notes that the Springfield crash remains under investigation.

Delaney adds that Moultrie was also involved in a deadly crash in February 2012 on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield.

In that incident, 42-year-old Shela Wheeler of East Longmeadow was crossing Memorial Avenue near Latitude Restaurant when she was hit by a pickup truck while crossing the street around 9:30 p.m. on February 23, 2012.

A member of the Wheeler family shared their frustration with ABC40 Wednesday night.

“Very disturbing and wondering why this guy is still behind the wheel of a vehicle,” said the family member who did not want to be identified.

The family is just looking for some closure to Shela’s death.

“It’s a tough thing to go through, nobody is over it yet and this is bringing back everything fresh. Somebody has to have answers and obviously my prayers are out to the family of the gentlemen that was struck and killed last night,” said the family member.

Moultries lawyer Charles Dolan says his client is cooperating with police and that there is no indication of alcohol. He adds Moultrie is also very upset and expresses his condolences to the family.

Dolan also represented Moultrie in 2012. He says his client was never charged and was cited for speeding, but that was later dropped.


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