A New Hampshire man is being held with out bail after allegedly killing a Waltham police officer and National Grid utility employee as he barreled by a building web site on Totten Pond Road earlier than crashing.
Peter Simon, 54, of Woodsville, N.H. confronted arraignment Thursday morning in Waltham District Court the place he was met within the packed courtroom with a crowd of grieving household and a present of solidarity and assist from visibly shaken law enforcement officials and utility staff.
Simon, who had a lower above his eye and an abrasion on his face, was ordered held with out bail pending a dangerousness listening to scheduled December 14.
The Middlesex DA’s workplace instructed the courtroom the state’s intends to argue that Simon ought to be locked up earlier than his trial as there may be possible trigger he dedicated the actions he’s accused of and that there are “no conditions of pretrial release that would ensure the safety of the community.”
Simon faces a slew of fees together with two counts of manslaughter, assault with a harmful weapon, armed theft, failure to cease for police, negligent operation of a motorized vehicle, larceny of a motorized vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident after inflicting private damage and dying, 2 counts of leaving the scene of an accident after inflicting property harm, two counts of assault with a harmful weapon, a marked lanes violation, and unlicensed operation of a motorized vehicle.
Simon is accused of working down officer Paul Tracey, 58, a 28-year veteran of the Waltham police division and Roderick Jackson, 36, a National Grid employee from Cambridge.
Tracey is a adorned veteran of the Waltham Police.
In 2018, he was hailed as a hero after he helped save the lifetime of a girl who overdosed on medication on a Cape Cod seashore, Boston 25 reported on the time. Tracey was off obligation, on a household trip, at Riviera Beach Resort in South Yarmouth when he and a cousin started CPR on the lady in misery, the station reported.
“Paul Tracey served this great city with distinction,” mentioned Waltham Police Chief Kevin O’Connell, visibly shaken up at a information convention Wednesday night time after the lethal crash. “He was a compassionate police officer but always looked out for the underdog. He’s an amazing husband, loving father and a friend to all, especially the men and women of this police department.”
Two different utility staff had been taken to a hospital after the crash, National Grid mentioned. “Our thoughts are with the crew members, their families and loved ones,” the corporate mentioned in a press release.
After crashing into the officer and utility staff on the element web site, Simon stole a Waltham police cruiser and fled the scene earlier than crashing, in response to the Massachusetts State Police.
“The suspect was then apprehended after a foot pursuit and is currently in custody,” the Middlesex DA’s Office mentioned Wednesday in a press release. “This is a very active investigation and updates will be provided as they become available.”