Plymouth: Family protests at arraignment for man involved in fatal dirt bike crash

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Seeing Christopher Kelly, 40, of Randolph, arraigned for negligent operation of a recreational vehicle that resulted in the death of James Ward was a bittersweet victory for the victim’s family on Monday.

Rhonda Ray, James and Jill Ward as they watch the arraignment proceedings for Christopher Kelly (Photo credit: Alice Elwell)

Rhonda Ray, James and Jill Ward as they watch the arraignment proceedings for Christopher Kelly (Photo credit: Alice Elwell)

Left to right, Megan Bolintiam, Suzanne Carlson and Heather Bolintiam-Pooler picket Plymouth District Court on Monday. (Photo credit: Alice Elwell)

Left to right, Megan Bolintiam, Suzanne Carlson and Heather Bolintiam-Pooler picket Plymouth District Court on Monday. (Photo credit: Alice Elwell)

Ward’s family and many friends lined the street in front of the Plymouth District Court on Monday, carrying posters calling for justice for James.

His aunt, Suzanne Carlson of Plymouth, was among the protesters and said she won’t be satisfied until Kelly faces manslaughter charges.

Although Kelly’s driver’s license was revoked after the crash, he has been racing at the Capeway Rover’s Motocross track in Middleboro, and is in first place for his division.

Carlson contends Kelly is a threat to the public and shouldn’t be driving anywhere.

Plymouth District Court Judge Patricia Curtin banned Kelly from approaching Ward’s family but stopped short of banning him from racing and took the matter under consideration until his next hearing.

His attorney, Jack M. Atwood, of Plymouth, said he was blindsided by the charges. Atwood said a Grand Jury did not indicted Kelly earlier this year and questioned why the district attorney’s office brought the charges forward.

Kelly is due back in court on October 22.

 

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