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Family of Plainfield Street Victim Left Looking for Answers


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The family of a man hit and killed on a Springfield street wants answers about the man who ran him over.

Edwin Simonetty was crossing Plainfield Street around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday when he was allegedly hit by Ale Moultrie.

The bizarre twist: Moultre was also the driver in a 2012 deadly accident in West Springfield.

“He was good with my kids and grandkids. He was always happy, helping everybody around here. He loved helping people,” says Mikey Rivera, Simonetty’s stepson.

Rivera is puzzled as to how the alleged driver, 60-year-old Ale Moultire, could be behind the wheel for two deadly accidents in just over a year.

Moultire also struck and killed 43-year-old Shela Wheeler in West Springfield back in Febraury 2012.

“I feel sad, because this is not the first time this guy hurt somebody. He still driving around. I don’t know why they did nothing in first place. I don’t know what they are waiting for, for him,” Rivera adds.

In a 28 page report, West Springfield Police determined Moultire wasn’t under the influence, wasn’t texting, wasn’t distracted, and was driving at a reasonable speed. As a result. no charges were warranted.

Still, Rivera can’t wrap his head around it.

“It was daytime. That’s the thing. I understand it’s night time, you couldn’t see him. You could see him crossing the road.”

Family members believe that Simonetty had crossed here to the median across the street, trying to get over to McDonald’s, when he was struck by the truck.

Springfield Police have not issued any citations or charges. They expect a preliminary investigation to wrap up Friday.

Meantime, Rivera’s family is left to grieve.

“Great 58 years he had with us and everything. He missed my mom a lot too, who passed away four years ago. He had been suffering for that, too, they will be together now again,” Rivera notes.

The result of what could be tragically bizarre odds.

Late Thursday afternoon, Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says the Registry of Motor Vehicles revoked Moultrie’s license today, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Delaney adds that the move by the RMV is a precautionary measure for public safety and part of the investigation, which will include the RMV looking into if Moultrie had any driving requirements, such as glasses and hearing aids, and if he was following those requirements.

Moultrie’s brother is a Springfield Police officer. Both Springfield and West Springfield police departments say that in accident reconsctruction, conflict of interests are irrelevant because charges are based off of scientific calculations.

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