Another blow to the Massachusetts State Police Department. State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin has ordered an "independent and thorough investigation to determine how and why" all relevant information about a woman charged in an OUI crash that killed a Bedford father, was not shared with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.
Christopher Weisz was killed last August when Lynn DeWolfe crashed into a car on I-95 while driving impaired.
This weekend, the Boston Globe revealed new details that show the crash could have been prevented. They reported DeWolfe was stopped by a Massachusetts State Police trooper - who is the son of a retired Lt. Col. - after multiple drivers called 911 saying she was out of control.
The trooper didn’t observe signs of impairment and let her go. About 20 minutes later police said she slammed into a car and triggered the fatal crash.
State police are now accused of withholding the initial 911 calls from prosecutors.
Mass. State Police Spokesman Dave Procopio told Boston 25 News that Trooper Hanafin took "all appropriate measures to determine whether DeWolfe was under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
He went on to say:
"In regard to the communication between the MSP and the Middlesex DA on the DeWolfe case, we have determined that the District Attorney's Office was not in possession of all relevant information related to the DeWolfe case. Colonel Gilpin, with the support of the administration, has ordered an independent and thorough investigation to determine how and why this occurred."
Governor Charlie Baker's Office released a statement to Boston 25 News related to the new State Police review of its handling of the crash:
"Governor Baker was heartbroken to learn about the tragic case of the Weisz Family, and believes the family should have been made aware of all the facts earlier. The Baker-Polito Administration supports Colonel Gilpin's decision to order an independent investigation of this case, including to determine why the District Attorney's office was not in possession of all information."
– Lizzy Guyton, communications director
This is just the latest in a series of scandals plaguing the Massachusetts State Police Department, including overtime pay discrepancies, hidden payroll figures, and changes to an arrest report involving a judge's daughter.
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