Police officer faces vehicular homicide charge

July 24, 2018

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Massachusetts police officer they say caused a fatal accident while on duty with motor vehicle homicide.

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office says Greenfield Sgt. James Rode is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in connection with the Oct. 1 crash.

Prosecutors say Rode had just left police headquarters and was driving 83 mph in a 30-mph zone while responding to a call about an erratic driver when he struck 29-year-old James Arcellana’s vehicle. The Hinsdale, New Hampshire, man died, while his passenger and Rode suffered serious injuries.

Greenfield Chief Robert Haigh Jr. said Tuesday Rode has not returned to work since the crash because of his injuries.

A number for Rode could not be located and he didn’t respond to call left at work.