Penney Richards
September, 2009

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 yesterday.

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 uninjured.

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."


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