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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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  • WMassMom75

    Very unfortunate for all involved. However, this is just another example of why older drivers should be road tested not more than every two years after a certain age. Eyesight, motor function, processing of information – all these things are affected as we age. It’s not reasonable or logical to think otherwise. A life is lost and this poor man has to live with what he’s done. No one wins.

  • Nyrebel9

    It time for people to step up and start to take a drive with their aging parents to see if they are capable of handling a 5,000lb machine safely. I know for alot of elderly to give up their freedom and independence is a devastating, but killing or maiming innocent people is far worse than a person’s pride. Families often don’t want to deal with the resentment that their parents will have towards them, however will they have to live with the guilt that they could have prevented a tragedy by not ignoring a decrease in a parent’s abilities to safely drive with the victim often being the parent. It is also the public’s responsibility to step up also and report erratic driving regardless of the driver’s age.