Freak accident unresolved a year later; ‘Is Massachusetts slow?’ widow says

Resolution of this case would go a long way, Sherri Arrington says. You'd think prosecutors would prioritize this one, the Herald told her. Even if to just allow the family to say goodbye to a good dad, teacher, husband and hero.

October 1st 2022

Freak accident unresolved a year later; ‘Is Massachusetts slow?’ widow says

Sherri Arrington said this past year has been a tossing-and-turning nightmare.

And the slow crawl of justice won’t allow her to pick up the pieces of unfulfilled retirement dreams.

Her 69-year-old husband, Thomas Arrington, was killed a year ago today when a construction tool pierced the window of their rental car — and no one has been charged, or cleared.

They were heading along Interstate 95 in Danvers on a vacation to see the fall foliage up north when Thomas was mortally wounded. His last dying act was to pull the car over to save her from being hurt in an accident.

“I feel I don’t know one thing more than I did on Oct. 1, 2021,” Sherri Arrington told the Herald. “I’m frustrated I can’t resolve this. I cannot get accidental life insurance without an autopsy or police report.

“I had to use a Herald article to prove he died to get life insurance at all,” she added. “I want to feel like there’s going to be some statement that somebody did something wrong. I’d like something official. I’d just like to understand what’s going on.”

Not much, is what the Essex District Attorney’s Office says.

The case is still “under investigation” and reports are due and reconstruction is a painstaking process, the office added. Other cases, especially pedestrian fatalities, are also backlogged, they say.

Arrington said the delay is making her miserable. It also cost her $11,000 for the rental car bill after the vehicle wasn’t returned, she said. Her insurance company did catch up to that hit three months later, but not before her credit rating took a dive.

It’s the wait that’s now eating away at her.

“A year is a long time,” she said. “People have been through trials in a year. Is Massachusetts slow? Is something holding this up?” the Alaska native asked.

Police determined that the tool — a screed used to smooth out concrete — came from a 2020 Ford F550 dump truck, operated by a 21-year-old Lynn man working for a construction company.

Arrington, in an act of kindness, said this slow walk on the case must be rough for the young man. “My heart breaks for the guy who was driving the truck,” she said.

She’s been contacted by advocates for road safety and even traveled back to Boston to try and resolve the sorrow she left behind. It didn’t completely work.

She called the Herald for help in seeking answers. Her husband was a shop teacher in California and they both set up their retirement home in Alaska. His workshop in the home they shared is left half finished.

Her children and grandchildren keep her happy. But she misses the man who would travel with her lending a hand and being her safety net. Now venturing out alone isn’t so easy.

“I’m trying to be more independent,” she added.

Resolution of this case would go a long way, she says. You’d think prosecutors would prioritize this one, the Herald told her. Even if to just allow the family to say goodbye to a good dad, teacher, husband and hero.

 

(Source : https://www.bostonherald.com/2022/10/01/freak-accident-unresolved-a-year-later-is-massachusetts-slow-widow-says/)
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