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Police: Driver In Deadly Springfield Accident Won’t Face Charges


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The man behind the wheel for two deadly pedestrian accidents will not face charges in his latest incident.

Ale Moultrie struck and killed 61-year-old Edwin Simonetty on Plainfield Street in Springfield last month.

It was the second deadly pedestrian accident in which Moultrie was behind the wheel, but police say he isn’t facing charges in either case.

It’s been just over a month since Simonetty was struck and killed by Moultrie.

“I miss him a lot. He was right by my mom’s side for 14 years of her cancer,” says Simonetty’s son Jose Rivera.

A crash report by Springfield Police says Moultrie will not face charges in the accident. Investigators say he wasn’t speeding, wasn’t under the influence, and wasn’t negligent.

That’s the same finding that West Springfield Police made after Moultrie struck and killed 42-year-old Shela Wheeler in February 2012. That crash was just a few miles away.

Both departments say the accidents were just that: accidents, albeit a bizarre coincidence.

“This was done professionally, and we didn’t look the other on anything in regards to this accident. It’s a tragic accident, and it’s a tragedy, and that’s what it remains.” Sgt. John Delaney, aide to Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet, said.

Both Wheeler and Simonetty’s family members question if Moultrie was given any preferential treatment in the investigations, because his brother is a Springfield police officer who showed up at the scene in West Springfield last year

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“No, this guy is a reckless driver. He should have never had a license since he killed that poor young lady,” Rivera said. “It still was daylight. He killed my dad. What he was doing looking to the left?”

Springfield and West Springfield police say accident reconstructions are based on figures and facts, science and math, so reports can not be fudged.

“When an investigation involves a police officer or the family of a police officer, it’s even more scrutinized, just to make sure that there is no stone left unturned. It’s look at by many eyes, supervisors,” Sgt. Delaney said.

Moultrie’s driving license has been suspended by the state since his second deadly accident and still is today.

The district attorney’s office is still reviewing the Springfield accident.

Moultrie’s attorney, Charles Dolan, released a statement today saying, “Mr. Moultrie is deeply saddened by the tragedy. He is extremely remorseful and sympathetic certainly to the plight of the family, to the deceased. He is deeply impacted, and he will always be deeply impacted by what happened.”

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