Stoneham Man Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in Melrose Hit-and-Run Case
Eugene Ledonne, 76, of Stoneham, was arraigned Tuesday in Malden District Court on charges of leaving the scene of accident after causing personal injury and assault and battery dangerous weapon (motor vehicle) stemming from an accident in Melrose Sunday.
A Stoneham man accused of running over a motorcyclist at a Melrose intersection Sunday morning pleaded not guilty to charges in a Malden court on Tuesday, according to officials.
Eugene Ledonne, 76, of Stoneham, pleaded not guilty to charges of leaving the scene of accident after causing personal injury and assault and battery dangerous weapon (motor vehicle) in Malden District Court, according to Stephanie Guyotte of Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone's Office. Judge Matthew Nestor released Ledonne on $300 bail with conditions of no driving and no contact with the victim, Guyotte added.
Ledonne's next court appearance will be on Sept. 26, as he's scheduled for a pre-trial conference, according to Guyotte.
Melrose Police said in a statement Sunday afternoon that Ledonne had stopped behind a motorcyclist at a red light on Main Street northbound at Franklin and Green streets, and when the light turned green, Ledonne hit the motorcyclist from behind and knocked him off the bike.
"The sedan then travelled forward over the operator," read the statement. "The operator of the sedan then placed his vehicle in reverse, and travelled back and forth over the operator several times. This is apparent based on witness accounts at the scene."
In an interview with Patch, Lt. Mark DeCroteau claims there were 5 to 10 witnesses to the accident, including "several bystanders at a nearby bus stop." According to police, a bystander took a photograph of Ledonne standing next to the victim—identified in court records as Anthony Albano, of Everett, reports the Boston Globe. Albano is listed in stable condition at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to Guyotte.
In Melrose Police reports filed in court, Ledonne told police that: "The light turned green and the motorcycle was in front of me and was not moving so I went and I hit the motorcycle," according to the Globe report. "The bike fell and then I stopped the car at some point and got out and I got back in the car and backed up because of traffic and then I blacked out," Ledonne said in the report, according to the Globe.
The interview Ledonne gave to police came after officers tracked the grey Hyundai sedan he was driving when a witness captured a partial license plate number, read the Globe report. Police found the car registered to a Gerald Road address in Stoneham, where Ledonne was also a resident, the Globe reported. When police arrived, parked outside was a grey sedan that matched the partial plate number, and showed front-end damage, according to police, read the Globe report.
However, witnesses have provided statements that contradict Ledonne's account, according to the Globe.
"Witnesses at the intersection said Ledonne ran over the motorcyclist, backed up over the injured man at least once, and got out of his Hyundai sedan and apologized, saying 'I'm Sorry,' as the man lay injured in the roadway before Ledonne drove way," read the Globe report.
While the investigation is still ongoing, DeCroteau said police haven't ruled out the possibility of levying additional charges against Ledonne.
Earlier Melrose Patch reports: