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Driver in Chatham fatality held for 90 days

October 9, 2013

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — The driver charged with striking and killing a man waiting at a Chatham bus stop before causing a crash that injured four people has been ruled a danger to the community.

A Barnstable Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered 32-year-old Benjamin Shealey jailed without bail for 90 days.

The Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/15ZXn1X ) reports that in his decision, the judge cited the death and injuries, as well as Shealey’s driving history.

Authorities say Shealey was fleeing Harwich police July 13 when he struck a 62-year-old man at a bus stop. He then struck the car, sending a family of four, including 9-year-old twin girls, to the hospital.

Shealey’s attorney argued for his client’s release to family, and said Shealey’s medicine for paranoid schizophrenia had been reduced shortly before the crash.

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodonline.com

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