SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Two local families who lost loved ones in deadly pedestrian accidents came together Thursday night for a candle light vigil.
The families of Edwin Simonetty and Shela Wheeler met for the first time at the event.
“It’s huge and I am sure my grandfather would greatly appreciate what is going on right now,” said Miguel Colon, Edwin’s grandson.
“Shela would say thank you for your support, love you all,” said Kyle Wheeler, Shela’s husband.
Shela Wheeler died in February of 2012. She was hit by a truck on Memorial Ave in West Springfield. Edwin Simonetty died May 14th after being hit by a truck crossing Plainfield Street in Springfield. Police say Ale Moultrie was the driver in both accidents. He was cleared in the 2012 accident and the latest one is still being investigated.
Both families are awaiting the outcome, but in the meantime have a message for everyone who gets behind the wheel.
“We all sometimes get distracted, whether you turning the radio, changing the radio station, whether your phone rings or you drop something in your car, be aware of what’s in front of you,” said Wheeler.
“Drive safe, you earn that license and the moment you screw up they will take it away from you,” said Colon.
Following last week’s accident Moultrie’s license was revoked by the RMV. The accident is still under investigation by the Hampden County DA’s Office. No citations or charges have been filed.