Benjamin Shealey charged with motor vehicle homicide

Chatham crash claimed the life of one, injured four others
Benjamin Shealey has been charged with motor vehicle homicide while driving drunk in connection with a fatal crash in Chatham Saturday. Photo by David G. Curran.

CHATHAM - Chatham Police Chief Mark Pawlina announced today that his department has filed ten separate charges against 32-year-old Benajmin Shealey of Cambridge, Providence and Chatham.

Shealey was drunk behind the wheel of a 2006 Range Rover on Saturday when he refused to pull over for Harwich police and drove into Chatham where he struck and killed an Orleans man and injured a family of four.

Shealey was placed under arrest by Harwich police at the scene and held without bail until his arraignment on Monday. Harwich police charged him with assault with a dangerous weapon, operating under the influence of liquor (OUI), failure to stop for police, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and several motor vehicle violations.

Today, Chatham police have added the following charges:

  • Motor vehicle homicide involving OUI-liquor and reckless operation of a motor vehicle
  • Speeding
  • Reckless operation of a motor vehicle
  • Marked lanes violation
  • Number plate violation (illegally attaching plates)
  • OUI causing serious injury and reckless operation of a motor vehicle
  • Operating an uninsured motor vehicle
  • Motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation
  • Resisting arrest
  • OUI-liquor involving serious injury and reckless operation of a motor vehicle

To the victims and the public, Chief Pawlina said the following:

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased, Mr. Albert Dellamalva, and to the injured victims in this tragic incident. I want to thank all the ciitzens who stopped to assist and provide information at the scene. It is my hope that the accused operator, in light of his past reckless driving history, will be dealt with appropriately so that he cannot cause harm to innocent persons in our community in the future."

The fatal crash is still under investigation by Chatham police and State Police.

According to a release from the Cape and Islands Attorney's office, Shealey was arraigned on charges from the Harwich police on Monday and was again arraigned on Wednesday on the additional charges filed by Chatham police.   Shealey will be back in court on July 22, 2013 for a dangerousness hearing, according to a release from the DA's office.

The additional charges of OUI and reckless driving stem from the injuries sustained by 40-year-old Kim Tomlinson of Arlington, VA and her twin daughters 9-year-old Taylor and Tenley. Kim, her daughters and her husband were in the Volvo turning onto Route 28 when struck by Shealey. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on