Case of Greenfield sergeant charged in deadly crash is back in court


The case of a Greenfield police sergeant accused of causing a deadly crash while on duty is expected to be back in court Thursday.

Northwestern District Attorney spokesperson Mary Carey told 22News that Sergeant James Rode crashed his cruiser into another car on High Street in Greenfield in October of 2017. 

Rode was allegedly traveling at 83 miles per hour in a 30 mile per-hour zone, while en route to an erratic driver call. An accident reconstruction report referred to this speed as “far greater than responsible or proper.”

Carey said that 29 year-old James Arcellana of New Hampshire was killed, and his passenger was seriously injured in the crash. Rode was also seriously injured.
He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide. If convicted, he could face up to two and a half years in jail.

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