Penney Richards
November, 2009

Reading Chronicle story from Monday, November 23, 2009

Charges could be filed in connection with motorcycle accident


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 High Street.

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 their injuries.

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.


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