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Firm Found Criminally Liable in Officer's Death

March 8, 2006

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts voted 4-3 to reinstate a Boston construction company’s conviction in the 2000 death of a police officer who was run over by one of the firm’s dump trucks, according to the Cape Cod Times.A lower appeals court had reversed Angelo Todesca Corp.’s conviction, saying that the evidence was insufficient to prove negligence, but the state’s highest court ruled that a company could be held responsible for a crime committed by an employee in the course of his work.The incident took place Dec. 1, 2000 when a Todesca dump truck, which was not equipped with a working alarm to signal that it was backing up, backed over police officer Bradford Erickson, who was directing traffic at the site. Erickson eventually died as a result of his injuries.No one from the company will go to prison as a result of the ruling, but Todesca must pay a $2,500 fine. OSHA had previously fined the company $28,000 for related safety violations.
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