Deceased Driver's Family Doesn't Accept Investigator's Findings
Family of Stephen Allder believes other driver should never have been on the road.
The family of a man killed in a head-on crash on Route 38 back in April is debating the finding of State investigators that their brother was solely responsible for the accident.
According to investigators working out of the office of District Attorney Gerry Leone, Stephen Allder, 40, of Medford, was travelling north on Route 38, just before 7:30 a.m. on the morning of April 11, when the 2003 Dudge Stratus he was driving crossed over into the southbound lane and crashed, head-on, into a vehicle driven by a gray Ford pick-up truck driven by Edward Rivera.
Rivera sustained severe but non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. Allder sustained massive trauma and died from the injuries.
While investigators have closed the books on the case, Allder's family say there is another factor that must be looked at. According to a Tewksbury Police Department report, Rivera was driving on the day of the accident with a revoked license. In fact, police issued a criminal complaint against Rivera to appear in court to answer the charge of driving with a revoked license.
In the minds of Stephen Allder's family members, that puts reponsibility for the accident squarely on Rivera.
"My brother's not here to tell his side of the story so we'll never know what happened from his standpoint," said Larry Allder. "Did something distract him? We do know the other driver was operating/driving with a revoked license that is against the law. the circumstances might have been different if he wasn't on the road."
Larry Allder said he has been told by his brother's insurance company that Rivera is pursuing a claim against them.
Leone's office has said little regarding the investigation, except to say that it is closed and that no charges are being filed (by their office) against Rivera in connection with the crash.