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Officer In Mass. Killed While Directing Traffic

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A police officer working a private traffic detail was struck and killed Monday by a pickup truck driven by an elderly man, investigators said.

The officer, Michael Davey, 34, had been on the Weymouth police force for about five years and also served in Iraq as a member of the Army National Guard.

Davey was struck shortly before 10 a.m. while directing traffic around a utility crew at West Street and Route 18, Norfolk District Attorney William Keating said. Davey was later pronounced dead at South Shore Hospital.

Keating said the pickup, driven by Ronald Gale, 79, of Weymouth, went through a stop sign and hit another car before striking the officer, who was pinned to a utility truck.

Gale was cited for motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, failure to stop at a stop sign, speeding and other violations, Keating said.

Gale, whose license was revoked, told WHDH-TV that he did not recall seeing the officer prior to crashing into the back of the other car.

The incident was the latest in a series of recent traffic accidents involving drivers, including several fatalities.

A 7-year-old boy was struck and killed by a car July 25 as he walked his bike across a street in Halifax with his father and sister. Marcia Chadbourne, 76, pleaded not guilty to motor vehicle homicide and failure to yield to a pedestrian.

A 4-year-old girl was struck and killed June 13 in Stoughton by a car driven by an 88-year-old woman. Ilse Horn pleaded guilty earlier this month to negligent motor vehicle homicide and was sentenced to six years probation.

The accidents have prompted calls for stronger driver testing requirements for elderly drivers in Massachusetts.

Flags were lowered to half-staff and black bunting was draped over the entrance to the Weymouth police headquarters in honor of Davey, whose father was also a retired police officer.

"We've lost truly a guardian of our safety," said Keating. "People like that are not commonplace."

Town Councilor Mike Molisse called Davey a "fantastic guy" who was a big asset to the police department. He also said the intersection where Monday's accident happened was a dangerous one that had attracted the attention of town officials in the past.

Mayor Susan Kay said she spent much of the day consoling relatives of Davey and other members of the department. Davey leaves a wife and three children, aged 14, 9 and 3.

Weymouth is 12 miles south of Boston with a population of about 53,000.

This program aired on August 25, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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