Grand Jury indicts Benjamin S. Shealey on motor vehicle homicide charges

Charges stem from fatal Chatham car crash in July
The scene of the fatal crash on July 13, 2013, that took the life of one man and injured four others, including two children. David G. Curran photo.

A Grand Jury Friday indicted Benjamin S. Shealey on ten charges including motor vehicle homicide OUI in connection with a fatal crash in July in Chatham.  The indictment was announced by District Attorney Michael O'Keefe's Office Friday afternoon.

Shealey, 31, crashed his Range Rover into the Kream 'n Kone parking lot on Route 28 on July 13, 2013, killing 62-year-old Albert Dellamalva of Orleans and injuring nine-year-old twins. Mr. Dellamalva was standing on the side of the road waiting for a bus when he was killed. The girls and and their parents were injured in their car in the parking lot when struck by Shealey.

The Grand Jury indicted Shealey on the following charges:

  • Manslaughter by OUI
  • Motor vehicle homicide OUI
  • Two counts reckless OUI with serious injury
  • Reckless operation of a motor vehicle
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Resisting arrest
  • Failure to stop for police
  • Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle
  • Operating an uninsured motor vehicle

Shealey was arrested at the scene by Harwich police officers. Harwich officers responded to calls of a reckless driver and attempted to pull Shealey over in Harwich. Shortly after entering Chatham, Shealey crashed his Range Rover, taking Mr. Dellamalva's life and causing serious injury and damage.

Shealey had previously been arrested and charged with OUI in Boston in 2009.

Following the July 13 fatal crash, Shealey pleaded not guilty to OUI and related charges at his arraignment in Orleans District Court. He was back in court for a dangerousness hearing on July 22 at which time he was deemed a danger to society and returned to the Barnstable House of Correction.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michelle L. Groff, according to the DA's Office. 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