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Driver In Accident That Killed Pedestrian Won't Be Charged With Vehicular Homicide

Dec 07, 2016 05:33PM ● By Bill Gilman


Atty. Paul King

 A Billerica man, who was behind the wheel of a car that struck and killed an elderly Tewksbury man on Main Street last year, will not face vehicular homicide charges.
Peter L. Brooks, 61, of 2 Ironwood St., Billerica, has been, instead, indicted by a Middlesex County Grand Jury on a count of leaving the scene of an accident in which there was personal injury or death.
Brooks allegedly told investigators that he was, in fact, behind the wheel of a vehicle that struck Bruce A. MacDonald, 71, of 46 Hill St., Tewksbury, in front of Tedeschi's in South Tewksbury on Dec. 1, 2015.
Brooks never stopped after hitting MacDonald and later told investigators he thought he had hit a "wooden horse" or a "piece of metal."
MacDonald sustained multiple injuries, including broken bones and internal injuries. He was hospitalized for more than seven months before he passed away on July 24, 2016, at Hannah Dustin Healthcare Center in Haverhill.
A key witness in the case was a driver who passed by MacDonald just before the accident and said she saw him take a couple of steps into the southbound lane as she passed by. There is no crosswalk where the accident took place.
Police were able to track down Brooks from witness descriptions of his vehicle, a black Chrysler. He had no answer when investigators asked him why he never stopped or went back when he thought he had struck something in the road.
Brooks was arraigned in Lowell District Court in December 2015 on the charge of leaving the scene of an accident. He has been free on personal recognizance since then, as the Grand Jury investigated and decided whether or not additional or more severe charges were warranted.
A new court date for Brooks has not yet been set.
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