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Elderly Woman Struck and Killed in Ludlow Wednesday Identified

LUDLOW, Mass. (WGGB) — The elderly Ludlow woman who was hit and killed by an elderly driver Wednesday morning while she was standing on a sidewalk has been identified as Ilda Goncalves.

That’s according to Sgt. Valadas.  She was 85-years-old.

The driver, 81-year-0ld Moises Alfonso who’s also from Ludlow is facing charges in relation to this accident.  The RMV has also taken away his right to drive in the state of Massachusetts as requested by police.  They say it was an immediate threat revocation, citing dangerousness as the reason.

“It was done in a public, negligent, and reckless manner so that the lives of the public and safety of the public might be in danger,” explains Valadas.

On Wednesday just before 9:00 a.m., police allege Alfonso was driving a 2010 Nissan Rogue northbound on Highland Avenue between East and Birch Streets when he crossed over the center line.

In a press release sent to ABC40 Wednesday evening, the Ludlow Police Department said the Nissan then struck another car, a 2004 Honda Accord parked on the southbound side of the road, and drove over the sidewalk and hit the elderly Ludlow woman who was standing there.

Police added that the woman was dragged by the car until the car hit a utility pole. At that point, witnesses in the area began to provide assistance and first aid until emergency crews arrived a minute later.

The woman was taken to the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and was later confirmed to have died from her injuries.

Officers who went to the scene of the crash report Alfonso didn’t appear to be impaired,  but appeared to be shocked and confused.  He was taken to Baystate as well with minor injuries.

On Thursday, somber neighbors reflected on Goncalves.

For 28 years, Elizabeth Bothelo shared laughs with her neighbor Ilda Goncalves.

She was shocked when she heard about Wednesday’s accident.  “She was an amazing woman. She took care of everybody here. Whenever you’d walk by, she’d stop and try talking to you. She would give us flowers, bread, cookies. My son would go over there and play all the time, and it’s just hard. She was the rock of her family neighbors, everything, and it’s devastating that this has happened,” Bothelo shared.

Neighbors agree that Highland Avenue is dangerous, especially a blind spot here at the top of the hill. They say they’d like something done about it before another accident happens. “People are driving too fast. They should put some kind of speed bumps on the street because this is ridiculous,” said Kryz B.

“I think they should put a speed bump in, or another stop sign at the bottom of the hill, because there’s no stop sign. It’s hard to see if someone’s coming in the other direction. By the time you see them, it’s too late,” Steven Clarke stated.

Elizabeth’s father, Manuel remembers her the same way. “She’s a nice person, beautiful lady, healthy, she likes to help others, and I feel sorry to hear everything that happened yesterday,” he added.

The Ludlow Police Department requested a summons for Alfonso on a criminal complaint for operation (a criminal charge) and a marked lanes violation.  The summons was accepted by Palmer District Court.

Alfonso did not appear in court today because he’s still at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield police say.  But Valadas told us he is expected to appear in court at a later date still to be determined.

The investigation is ongoing by the Ludlow Police Department, the Mass. State Police, and the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office.


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