Reading Chronicle story from
Monday, November 23, 2009
Charges could be filed in
connection with motorcycle accident
By PAUL FEELY
Published: Monday, November 23, 2009
READING - Charges could be filed against the driver of the pickup
truck involved in last week’s double fatal accident on Lowell Street
in the near future, possibly as soon as this week.
The news comes as the two victims, both passengers on a 2008 Harley
Davidson Harley Davidson motorcycle when it collided with a pickup
truck last Thursday, are scheduled to be remembered at separate
wakes tonight and tomorrow at Cota Funeral Home in North Reading
(see today’s obituaries on Page A10).
Late Friday afternoon reading police released the identity of the
driver of the motorcycle, a Michael A. D’Amore, 32 of Edgemont
Avenue, Reading. He, along with a passenger on the back of the
motorcycle, Penney Jean Richards, 25, of North Reading, the daughter
of former Lawrence Eagle Tribune reporter Penny Morang Richards and
retired Reading Police Officer David Richards, and granddaughter of
the late Reading Chronicle Editor Bruce Morang, were killed when the
Harley they were on operating collided with a pickup truck last
Thursday at 9:53 a.m. on Lowell Street, near the intersection with
Sources say that the reason why the identity of the driver of the
pickup truck, whom sources indicate is a New Hampshire man, has yet
to be released by authorities is that charges are likely to be filed
against him in connection with the accident. Those charges could
come as soon as this week, after Reading police confer with state
police who responded to the scene.
Both D’Amore and Richards were transported to Lahey Clinic in
Burlington, where they were later pronounced dead as a result of
D’Amore was remembered this weekend as a motorcycle enthusiast who
was well-known and liked in Reading, where he lived his entire life.
He leaves behind a wife, Karen.
Last week, Penny Morang Richards was still trying to cope with he
loss of her daughter.
“Our daughter was a thoughtful and beautiful young woman who was
passionate about her family and friends, and who loved her work for
the Massachusetts General Hospital oncology clinic in Danvers,” said
Richards. “She was an outstanding person in every way. I just don’t
know how Dave and I are ever going to get over the hole in our
hearts she has left.”
Penney Jean Richards graduated from North Reading High in 2001 and
worked as a medical assistant. She had just recently joined the
oncology department at the Massachusetts General Hospital Clinic in
Danvers., and was looking to begin college study to further her
radiation therapy career.