Penney Richards
November, 2009

Lawrence Eagle-Tribune story from Saturday, November 21, 2009


Reading police mum on pickup driver in double-fatal motorcycle crash

By Gretchen M. Putnam
gputnam@eagletribune.com

READING Investigators are still refusing to release the name of the driver of the pickup truck that collided with a motorcycle Thursday, leaving its two riders dead.
Middlesex District Attorney's office spokeswoman Jessica Venezia said the accident is still under investigation and information on the driver of the pickup truck and whether charges would be filed would have to come from Reading Police.

Reading Police said all information would have to come from Chief James Cormier, but the chief was said to have left for the day by noon yesterday. He did not return phone messages left on his voicemail.

Killed were Penney Jean "PJ" Richards, 25, of North Reading, and Michael A. D'Amore, 32, of Reading. D'Amore was driving the motorcycle with Richards as his passenger when the bike collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Lowell and High streets. Family and friends of the victims said the two were going to a funeral for a friend, Ryan Golden of Reading, who was killed last Saturday in a crash on Route 128.
Richards was the daughter of Dave and Penny Morang Richards. Penny Morang Richards is a former The Eagle-Tribune reporter who wrote many columns about her daughter.
D'Amore was a life-long resident of Reading, said family friend Debbie Nast. He was the son of Nancy and Michael D'Amore, and the half-brother of Anthony D'Amore.
Nast said D'Amore was an experienced motorcyclist who rode dirt bikes as a kid and a motorcycle as soon as he got his license.

Nast said D'Amore's own motorcycle was being repaired so he borrowed one from a friend.

"He was a safe driver particularly when Penney was on the back," Nast said.
Nast said the intersection where the accident occurred is a dangerous one. The intersection is in a residential area not far from the center of town. Lowell Street (Route 129) is a main drag that leads to Interstate 93.

"It's five roads coming into one," she said. "It's not a very good place to be."

She said D'Amore was well-known in Reading as a "lovable" guy and worked as an electrician for Carleton Electric. She said he worked on many town projects in town.
"Everyone knew him in Reading," she said. "He was one of those guys everybody loved.
He was just one of those guys that is so dependable. You could count on him for anything."

 

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