Lawyer charged in Brockton pedestrian death

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BROCKTON, MASS. >> A Massachusetts lawyer police say was behind the wheel of an SUV that travelled in reverse about 200 feet before striking and killing a Navy veteran is facing charges.

Prosecutors tell The Enterprise that 66-year-old Valerie Semensi, of Cohasset, is charged with one count of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation in connection with the June 1 death of John Buckley.

Authorities said Semensi was backing into a parking spot at Brockton District Court when her vehicle jolted up a grass embankment, across a courthouse access road, and up a second embankment, before striking and dragging the 66-year-old Buckley.

Semensi stayed at the scene.

A call to her office Friday was not immediately returned.

Buckley was a Bridgewater resident who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.


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