Lawrence Eagle-Tribune story
from Friday, June 11, 2010
Mother: Truck driver won't
be charged in Reading double-fatal
By Brian Messenger
READING — Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone will not file
charges against the driver of a pickup truck involved in a November
crash that killed two people, the mother of one of the victims said
Penny Morang Richards, a former Eagle-Tribune columnist and
reporter, said she spoke with a prosecutor from Leone's office
Wednesday about the Nov. 19 crash that killed her 25-year-old
daughter Penney Jean "PJ" Richards of North Reading.
Richards' daughter was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by her
friend Michael A. D'Amore, 32, of Reading. Both were killed on Route
129 when the motorcycle collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck
driven by Robert Kwmuntis, 52, of Derry, N.H. Kwmuntis was
District attorney spokeswoman Cara O'Brien released no new
information on the accident yesterday and multiple calls to the
Reading Police Department were not returned.
But Penny Morang Richards said the prosecutor informed her and her
husband Wednesday that Kwmuntis will not be charged in the crash.
Kwmuntis could not be reached for comment.
Richards also said that the prosecutor told her that D'Amore was
speeding at the time of the accident.
Richards said she and her husband will meet with officials in
Leone's office today to view the accident reconstruction report put
together by state police.
"I will know all of the details (today)," said Richards. "We're
getting closer to a conclusion."