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Elderly Ludlow Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide Pleads Not Guilty

car ax august 28LUDLOW, Mass. (WGGB) — The 81-year-old elderly driver who police say struck and killed an 85 year-old Ludlow woman the end of August has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide.

The Palmer District Court Clerk’s Office told us that Moises Alfonso had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf for motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation, marked lanes violation and reckless operation of a motor vehicle relating to the death of Ilda Goncalves on August 28.

On that date, police allege that around 9:00 a.m. Alfonso was driving a 2010 Nissan Rogue northbound on Highland Avenue between East and Birch Streets when he crossed over the center line striking a parked car. Shortly thereafter the Ludlow Police Department says he drove over the sidewalk and hit Ilda who was standing there.

Once at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield it was released that she had died from her injuries.

Officers who went to the scene of the crash reported that Alfonso didn’t appear to be impaired, but appeared to be shocked and confused.

The judge today released the 81-year-old Ludlow man on his personal recognizance with conditions that include he not drive and have no contact with the victim’s family.


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