SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - 22News is learning that the alleged driver in this week's deadly pedestrian accident in Springfield, has been linked to a similar accident, last year in West Springfield.
Springfield Police confirmed with 22News that Ale Moultrie was the driver, who hit and killed a 60 year-old man on Plainfield St., Tuesday night. 22News found out this was not the first pedestrian accident Moultrie has been involved in.
22News spoke to West Springfield Police Captain Thomas Wilkinson, who told us Moultrie was behind the wheel of the car that killed Shela Wheeler on Memorial Avenue, back in February 2012. At the time of the accident, she was crossing the street on the crosswalk between the Big E and the restaurant, Lattitude.
Captain Wilkinson said he was unsure whether any charges were ever brought against Moultrie for that accident. But he explained that officers presented their findings to the District Attorney's Office.
But now, a year later after that fatal accident, many people 22News spoke to said they're wondering how an accident like this could happen again--with the same driver.
"We do rely on the courts and the legal system for justice, and we're all kind of wondering where the justice is", said Nina Mozdzanowski of Agawam.
"Well I think [Moultrie] should be arrested and go to court and be tried and see why, when, how, if....All the questions asked", said Marilyn Carr of Agawam.
22news made calls out to the Springfield Police Department early Thursday morning, to find out if any charges were filed against Moultrie in Tuesday's accident. They said no charges have been filed as of yet.