Man set to be charged Tuesday in dirt bike accident
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) -- A family who lost their teenage son in a dirt bike accident wants a harsher punishment for the man he collided with.
It's been 20 weeks since 14-year-old James Ward Jr. lost his life. He was riding a dirt bike near cranberry bogs when he collided with another bike driven by a 40-year-old man.
“It's always on your mind. You go to bed thinking about it. You wake up thinking about it. You think about it during the daytime. So it's like a 24/7 thing,” said Joyce Carlson, victim’s grandmother.
Ward’s father, following on an ATV, tried to revive his son. He says the man promised to get help, but never came back.
Police did not track him down until that night.
“Not rendering aid, and not making sure aid got to the victim is deplorable, absolutely,” said Chief Michael Botieri, Plymouth Police Department.
The family met with police and prosecutors and demanded additional charges in Ward's death.
“We would like to see him accountable for the crime. Accountable for leaving the scene. Accountable for hiding the dirt bike. Accountable for not reporting it to police,” said Rhonda Ray, victim’s aunt.
The police chief says no one has been found at fault in the actual accident yet, but he emphasizes the investigation is still open, and the collision will be re-enacted.
“It seems like it took too long,” said Edward Carlson, victim’s grandfather.
Leaving a car accident carries stiff penalties. But off-road accidents are different, and can be more difficult to investigate.
“It's not your typical roadway. It's dirt. There are no specific lanes. It’s a pathway, it's private property,” said Chief Botieri.
The biker who will be charged lives in Randolph. No one answered his door when 7News knocked.
He will see the grieving family at his arraignment.
“We’re going to get justice for him. We will get justice for James,” said Ray.