Man charged in connection with teen's death
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) -- The family of a teenage boy who was killed in a dirt bike crash picketed outside the Plymouth courthouse where a man was charged in connection with the boy’s death.
The family tried to send a message outside the courthouse while Christopher Kelly stood quietly inside the courtroom.
"We will fight and fight and fight until we get justice," a family member said.
Kelly was riding a dirt bike and collided with 14-year-old James Ward Jr., who was on another bike.
Ward’s father, following on an ATV, tried to revive his son. His family says Kelly promised to go get help but never came back, leaving the boy to die.
"How do you do that, how do you leave a little boy lying there with his dad and go on with your life like nothing happened? So we're struggling, everyday is a struggle," a family member said.
The boy's family says Kelly returned to a party and hid his dirt bike, then went to a hospital 40 miles away and never reported it to police.
They're upset because Kelly is not facing jail time -- only a $500 fine.
"I look and I see a coward. Because I teach my son, my son's a young man. He’s 19 years old; I tell him you admit when you're wrong," a family member said.
Kelly's attorney says the accident has taken a toll on his client.
"Well, he's extremely upset, he was upset with the event, and he’s upset with the fact that he was involved in a motor vehicle accident that involved death," said Jack Atwood, Kelly’s attorney.
The boy's family is working with police and prosecutors to bring tougher charges against Kelly.
"There’s just nothing to do now, not dirt biking anymore and it's just, it's heartbreaking," said Jacob Ward, victim’s brother.
Police told 7News off-road collisions can be harder to investigate, but they are re-enacting the one in question, so more charges could come in the future.