Middleboro: Man charged with fatal dirt bike crash had license suspended 25 times

It’s hard to believe that Christopher Kelly, 40, of Stoughton hasn’t missed a beat since he allegedly slammed his dirt bike into 14-year-old James Ward. Jr. on December 9, 2012; Ward died of his injuries. But Ward’s family said Kelly has been racing at Middleboro’s Capeway Motocross track and ranks number one in points this year. Despite a 12-page record of driving violations, including 25 license suspensions.

Kelly’s most recent suspension came in January when the Registry of Motor Vehicles found he was an immediate threat to the public.

Kelly and the mother of the 14-year-old Plymouth boy killed in the crash came face-to-face at the track on July 22, but rather than show remorse, the family says Kelly went on the offensive and started shouting and swearing.

Jill Ward filed a police complaint over the incident, and last week thought she was in for another confrontation when Kelly approached her. Ward panicked and ran, said her sister Rhonda Ray.

Ray is stunned at Kelly’s behavior.

“Christopher Kelly is a monster and he has no remorse,” Ray said.

Ray said the family is seeking stiffer charges. Kelly was charged with the misdemeanor offense of leaving the scene of a crash with personal injury and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on Aug. 12 at Plymouth District Court.

Ray and her sister will picket court proceedings on Monday.

Assistant Plymouth County District Attorney Bridgett Middleton said the case is still under investigation.


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About Alice Elwell

Alice Elwell is a freelance reporter who lives on the South Shore. She joined the WATD team to widen our coverage to include Middleboro. She can be reached at acelwell2@gmail.com.