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WYNN: POLICE APPEAL OF NILAN-MOORE DECISION BEING HANDLED OUTSIDE BERKSHIRE COUNTY… FORENSIC SUPERSLEUTHS, WE GIVE YOU PICTURES OF THE SCENE FOR INFOR AND (MAYBE) CLUES … MORE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR … plus … VOTER LIST FROM WINESAP TURNS UP LOTS OF NAMES OF FOLKS WHO MAY MORE INFORMATION

By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

FEB. 1, 2012 ADD #1

It appears that the Pittsfield Police Department’s appeal of the magistrate’s decision in the Nilan-Moore case has been referred to a judge outside of Berkshire County.

Chief Mike Wynn, who returned THE PLANET‘s inquiries today at about 3:20 p.m., told us he did not know the name of the judge. When asked if a local judge was hearing the appeal, Wynn said he did not think that was the case. Wynn said it was his best knowledge that the appeal is being heard by an outside jurisdiction.

The move to a jurisdiction outside Berkshire County is significant, since it indicates that the judicial authorities wish to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest or favoritism, given the position of Meredith Nilan’s father as probation chief in the county courthouse.

Wynn said the police filed the appeal on Jan. 18. The investigating officer, patrolman Mark Maddalena, filed the appeal on behalf of the PPD Traffic Division. Wynn said that the appeal “was taken under advisement, and that means we can’t do anything until we receive” the judge’s decision.

Wynn said he could not estimate how long it would take for a ruling on the appeal, adding that this is the first time the department has had to make such an appeal of a court decision.

In short, the police and the People are waiting for the judge.

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2012) — Welcome to February, where every pause is filled with under notes — clear, silver icy, keen, awakening tones which pierce the sense and live within the soul. We thank Percy Shelley for these sentiments, and we need them in winter’s crystal air, much more clear than the matters of the violet-in-woven Nilan-Moore Case.

Yesterday afternoon, THE PLANET placed a call to Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn. We received his voice mail. We left a message asking for information on his department’s appeal of the ruling of Westfield first assistant clerk magistrate Nathan Byrnes to dismiss the PPD’s charges against Meredith Nilan.

We asked Chief Wynn to confirm that an appeal had been filed, when it was filed, and if a ruling had been made. If not, does he have any idea of when that will happen? We also made a blanket request for anything other statement on the case he wished to make.

When Chief Wynn gets back to us, we shall share his comments post haste. As of 11 a.m., Wynn had not returned our call.

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THE SCENE OF THE ‘INCIDENT’: OK, FORENSIC DETECTIVES, GO TO WORK

THE PLANET has had numerous requests for information on the scene of the Nilan-Moore incident. We present these pictures in hope they can be of some help.

As you look at the photo below, the words may not be clear. We apologize but could not get higher satellite resolution. You’ll see in the middle of the picture two parallel roads that form a “U” turn at the bottom. The street running north-south on the left is Winesap Road. McIntosh Drive is the first street running at 90 degrees (east-west). East Street is the next east-west lane as pictures above McIntosh.

Police have charged Meredith Nilan with hit Peter Moore while driving her father’s 2001 SUV at approximately 8:15 p.m. on the night of Dec. 8, 2011.

East Street runs top of photo left to right. Winesap Rd. is the first up-down street on the left. McIntosh Dr. is depicted running roughly parallel to East Street, south of it.

This was after Ms. Nilan partied at Allium’s with other Berkshire Young Professionals. BYP was having a “networking social” at the Great Barrington restaurant in the early evening.

It would be reasonable to conclude that Ms. Nilan consumed alcohol at the gathering, since, according to sources who have been to BYP gatherings, alcohol is a prominent feature, especially for younger members (the 20 somethings). Meredith Nilan is 24.

Peter Moore lives at 101 McIntosh.

Evidence at the scene, testimony, police charges, statements, and other information strongly suggest that Nilan ran over Moore at or near 6 Winesap, which would be near the intersection with East Street. When Moore regained consciousness, he managed to get himself back home at 101 McIntosh. In the satellite photo, if you traced a pointer down East Street, took a right on Winesap, the house at 6 Winesap appears asthe first one on the left, as we look down from the satellite point of view.

A closer look gives another perspective, this from the ground. This picture is taken on Winesap Winesap, looking North to East Street, just past Winesap-McIntosh intersection. (PLANET VALENTI)just North of McIntosh, looking toward East Street.

As we understand the incident, it appears that Moore was hit and knocked into the southbound lane of Winesap. He landed just off the road, in front of the gray house, left, where there appears to be trash can (looks like a small black rectangle).

A car entering Winesap from East Street from the west, shortly past the mouth of East, would have little reaction time to notice much of anything there. If a driver was speeding and/or had consumed alcohol, it would make the turn more problematic.

View from Winesap Road, just before intersection with McIntosh Drive, right, looking north, toward East Street. (PLANET VALENTI)

Evidence suggests Nilan’s vehicle crossed lanes.

In the photo at left, you can gauge the distance Peter Moore had to walk, crawl, and amble in his shattered body to reach the street where he lives.His body was left on the side of the road at the end, almost where the perspective’s vanishing point ends.

Moore, 46, an avid cyclist and hiker, was in good shape, and there’s no question his high level of fitness allowed him to head for home after being struck and left for dead in the road.

The pictures show the proximity of the impact and the homes of Meredith Nilan (lives on Winesap) and Peter Moore. We present them to educate people on where the incident took place. Perhaps any potential super sleuths out there might be able to glean more information based on the evidence and information so far made available and these pictures.

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THE HEAD SHOT IS AN IMAGE THAT DOESN’T EASILY GO AWAY

Speaking of pictures, none is more devastating than the photo that shows the impact where Moore’s head went through the windshield of Nilan’s car near the driver’s side. Meredith Nilan's vehicle after police say she ran over Peter Moore. (PLANET VALENTI)

To date, the Boring Broadsheet has not published this picture, though it has possession of it. Given the news value of the case, that is an extremely questionable editorial call.

The image is a haunting one when we contemplate that it was made by a human head. We cannot shake the image, also, of the man whose broken body was left alone, in the cold and dark, to his own fate, with only his dog as a comforter and companion. The dog stayed by Peter Moore’s unconscious body until Moore woke up and, in an instinct of supreme self-survival, he willed himself home.

In this photo below, the extensive damage of the front hood and the missing front grill testifies to the impact and speed of the car upon hitting Moore.

The head hole ion the windshield, the heavy dents in the hood, and a front grille that has been ripped away testify to a vehicle moving at a pretty good clip when it plowed into Peter Moore. (PLANET VALENTI)

You can more or less connect the dent with the hole in the windshield and get a picture of how Moore’s body hit the car.

The striking thing about the hole in the windshield is its delineation. The hole is clean on the edges with not much splaying.

This — along with the hood damage and the lack of grille work — suggest a high rate of speed, sufficient enough for a head to go through in this “clean” manner.

Also, notice the proximity to the steering wheel. That’s another image that doesn’t go away. It’s hard to imagine anyone in a sober frame of mind not knowing that the hole was caused by a human being.

THE PLANET wonders if magistrate Byrnes looked at these photos or of pictures of Moore’s injuries prior to reaching his decision that there wasn’t enough evidence to send the case to trial. There is no evidence to suggest that he did. Officials have release NO INFORMATION on the closed, secret hearing.

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 MORE LETTERS AND COMMENTS FROM WE THE PEOPLE

While the Boring Broadsheet has yet to publish its first letter on the Nilan-Moore Case, and while it apparently expects us to believe that the reason is because they haven’t received a one, THE PLANET continues to engage in dialogue with We The People. We present a sampling here:

Can Citizens Call for a Grand Jury?

I heard that in Massachusetts the citizens can call for a Grand Jury to hear evidence in cases like this. Do you sign a petition?  Do you go through the DA’s Office?  Or around the local DA’s office.Or What?Because this is plain wrong! — AS

‘Please Don’t Stop Fighting on behalf of Peter Moore and Justice’

Please don’t stop fighting on behalf of Peter Moore and justice.  Please keep it going.  I believe full heartedly someone will finally do right in rectifying the injustice.  My uncle Tom is one of the very best men I know.  He’s also my godfather.  I love him and my cousins very much.  We are a very close bunch thanks to Grandma Jean, the best grandmother ever.  Please keep it going with your fight for justice.  Peter does not deserve this failure in a judge.  Nor does his father or our family. — HEATHER JEAN MOORE HOUTS, cousin of Peter Moore.

‘Cannot Believe the Goings On in This Community’

Comments: Cannot believe the goings on in this community and the apathy of it all in many situations.  In the movie “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” the forthright hero was the Bogart character. Will we ever have anyone with that character to represent the little people, answer is no, because the people in this community are the minority and the gob’s long arm extends to many more. I was hearing the goings on with the DPW trucks not functioning, for instance. Mayor Bianchi is going to have a hard time if he makes one enemy with any of the City’s Employees Unions, this is the City Council’s
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VOTERS LIST FROM WINESAP SHOWS NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO MIGHT HAVE MORE TO SAY
Finally, we share this information.Table This is a list of voter on Winesap Road, supplied by the Registrar of Voters. Each of these people is a potential witness or source of information. They live in the neighborhood. They hear the “water cooler talk.” They live near Meredith Nilan, her father, and Peter Moore.
We have already spoken to several people. No one wants to go on the record and no one wants to use their names.
We can only say that as backgrounder, what we are hearing makes the case more understandable.  We may be sharing some of this after we have conducted more interviews.
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WE ENCIRLCE THE OCEANS AND THE MOUNTAiNS OF EARTH AND, ON THE PLANET, ALL THE HAPPY FORMS OF OF ITS DEATHS AND BIRTHS, AND CHANGE, WITH PERCY, THE MUSIC TO ONE OF SWEET MIRTH …
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
“LOVE TO ALL.”

66 Responses to “WYNN: POLICE APPEAL OF NILAN-MOORE DECISION BEING HANDLED OUTSIDE BERKSHIRE COUNTY… FORENSIC SUPERSLEUTHS, WE GIVE YOU PICTURES OF THE SCENE FOR INFOR AND (MAYBE) CLUES … MORE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR … plus … VOTER LIST FROM WINESAP TURNS UP LOTS OF NAMES OF FOLKS WHO MAY MORE INFORMATION”

    • Ray Ovac
      February 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

      Too bad the Saugus woman doesn’t know Clifford J. Nilan and doesn’t have Nathan A. Byrnes as her Clerk-Magistrate, eh?

  1. Jimmy Cho
    February 1, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    11 Days in a row about this case. Can we try a new subject? I think this case has been beaten to death every which way possible. I know I know I’ll be taken to task for this.

    • Olga1975
      February 1, 2012 at 10:48 am #

      How about it !!!!!

    • Scott
      February 1, 2012 at 11:18 am #

      Yeah we should give up who cares if Moore has to live the rest of his days in pain 11 days and it’s enough already right?

      • Jimmy Cho
        February 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

        [REDACTED] Did I say to forget about this story ? Or did I just want to talk about something else? I think this story has been disected into every angle possible. [REDACTED]

        • Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
          February 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

          Watch yourself joker Jimmy..who are you to be telling us what the stories or comments should be? Go crawl back under the rock or into the sewer you came from before we put you there..Maybe you should pull the tentacles the GOB has attached to your brain and thought process, I think they are getting to you..

        • Irvin Corey
          February 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

          discuss what you will…it might or might not get a response.

          • danvalenti
            February 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

            NOTE FROM WEBMASTER: WE HAVE DELETED SEVERAL POSTS THAT DID NOT ADVANCE THE DISCUSSION BUT ONLY SHARED NONSENSE, NAME CALLING, AND IGNORANCE. THAT TYPE OF REMARK WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. POLICE YOURSELF. THE INVITATION TO COMMENT ON THIS WEBSITE IS A PRIVILEGE BEING GRANTED BY THE OWNERS OF THE SITE AS A PUBLIC SERVICE. PLEASE DO NOT ABUSE THIS FREEDOM. THANK YOU.

    • Dave
      February 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

      I totally disagree with you. We should not rest on thiscase until justice is served.

      This is a land mark case. We the people have had enough of the political favortism and coruption that is rampant in Pittsfield.

      If it had been any one of average citizens that had hit Mr.Moore, we would be behind bars looking out. In this case, the daughter of a very connected individual, is essentially walking away scott free from a accident she was obviously involved in with no consequences because of who her dad is.

      This will not stand!!!!.

  2. Irvin Corey
    February 1, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    I’m a little confused. Was the vehicle traveling North or South on Winesap before hitting Mr. Moore? Was Mr. Moore on the side of the road with the gray house? In which direction was he going?

    • Ray Ovac
      February 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

      Meredith Nilan was driving North on Winesap Road when she hit head-on Peter Moore who was also jogging North on Winesap.
      Moore was in the left-hand (Southbound) lane when Nilan swerved from the right lane into his lane.

  3. dusty
    February 1, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    if you click on the pictures they may grow larger..they do for me

    If Chief Wynn ignores your request it will be damning and scary insight into this whole mess

    looks like they have hired some trolls to try to sabotage this site….we should have a backup in case they find a way to shut it down

    • Silence Dogood
      February 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

      If you enlarge the car pictures you can see a radial crack just above the driver side wiper….maybe a ring or a wrist watch on Mr. Moores hand/arm. I have spoken with former police officers expirenced with MVAs and they agreed that Mr. Moore was lucky to not have a limb severed.

      Did the air bag deploy? Was there any mention of that? I too am curious about Irvin Corey’s questions about who was going which way.

      Good bless Mr. Moore. There are several similar neighborhoods around the city (judging from the photos). I live in a similar neighborhood. About 5 years ago I was walking my dog during a snow storm and was nearly hit by joy riding kids who took a corner at a good clip just for the “fun” of fishtailing. Needless to say my heart didn’t slow down for an hour and I swear you can still hear the echos of the profanities that I unleashed. My thoughts and prayers are with you Peter Moore.

      • Molly
        February 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

        I’ve been wondering about the air bag, too. But it appears that she didn’t stop very quickly so no – it didn’t go off? This is important because when the airbag goes off, the car’s “black box” records x number of seconds of information – speed, etc.

  4. Tito
    February 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    @dusty….thank you for the picture advice, it really tells conclusively the hood impact that the vehicle speed was really traveling at, and wow, he is truly lucky to be alive. The driver needs to be a good citizen and come clean.

  5. Scott
    February 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    guess you didn’t like my “blond joke”…

  6. Molly
    February 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    STATUTES GOVERNING SEALING OF COURT RECORDS

    http://www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudges/courts/districtcourt/pubaccesscourtrecords.pdf

    STATUTES GOVERNING SEALING OF COURT RECORDS
    PAGE 44
    G.L. c. 276, 100C, par. 1 – “NOT GUILTY” or “NO PROBABLE CAUSE” DISPOSITIONS
    Although 100C provides for automatic sealing (as in “no bill” cases above), the Pokaski decision held that such records may be sealed, or old records remain sealed, only upon a judicial order accompanied by specific findings that in this particular case sealing is necessary to achieve a compelling government interest that outweighs the public’s First Amendment presumption of access.

    I read this as we should be able to go to court offices and obtain the entire contents of the “show cause” hearing. Interesting that it is the “Chief Of Probation” who follows court’s orders to seal/not to seal a record…

    • Jigga
      February 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

      Fight the good fight Dan. Thanks for keeping us informed. Look forward to the police chief’s response!

      • danvalenti
        February 2, 2012 at 10:28 am #

        JIGGA
        Thank you. We shall.

  7. Molly
    February 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    And Wynn didn’t know where this decision is happening?? How could that be – his officer is the one that filed for the appeal!! My guess would be “Wesfield” — anyone else?

    • Molly
      February 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

      And wasn’t in Jan. 12th that the “show cause hearing” was held? Yet another week to file the appeal? Didn’t Wynn already say that the appeal was filed immediately, that same day?

    • Unchy
      February 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

      What is Wesfield?

      • Molly
        February 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

        Oh give me a break, Unchy – my first typo!!!! With what is typed on this site, you’re going to ding me for that typo? ;-)

  8. Unchy
    February 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Do people actually think the arbitrary conclusion will be changed? NO WAY.

    • Molly
      February 1, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

      Yep! I expect that the judge will uphold the appeal and send this to trial. Admittedly that is likely being very naive, but I don’t see how he could do otherwise. Especially with such a high profile case, it would be best to err on the side of letting it go to a trial and see what happens there.

  9. Tony Dinsmore
    February 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Her inspection sticker is expired.

  10. Joetaxpayer
    February 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    According to Eagle, Springfield judge reviewing appeal,should make decision by next week.

    • Scott
      February 1, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

      I saw that they scooped DV.

      • Molly
        February 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

        Actually not – DV reported that it was in the hands of a different court. He just didn’t have the details…

        • steve wade
          February 2, 2012 at 10:12 am #

          Molly great answer! He just didn’t have the details LOL

          • Joetaxpayer
            February 2, 2012 at 10:33 am #

            Think the Eagles timing of story is kinda strange.Dan posted what Chief Wynn told him then 2 hours later Eagle posts there story online.Wondering if they would have run the story if it wasnt for Dan.Now Mass-Live has a story about it this morning.At least now they are letting the people know what is going on with the case.

          • Scott
            February 2, 2012 at 10:36 am #

            lol she is a little flaky at times but I appreciate her informational posts and opinions.

          • Molly
            February 2, 2012 at 11:16 am #

            He also doesn’t have a staff of reporters sitting around doing nothing or reporting on knitting bees. I also thought it suspect that once Dan reported that a judge in another district is deciding on the appeal, THEN the Eagle suddenly comes up with their story. Give me a break!!! You keep trying to discredit everyone who is outraged about this case, and this site – the only one that is sticking to this until we see justice — yet you don’t see that not only is it not working, but you just continue to make yourself look very bad…

            Soooo Steve – what are your plans for Super Bowl Sunday? Let’s see – you need to go to the airport and check flight plans, flight logs, interview employees… What else is on the list? Pathetic.

      • danvalenti
        February 2, 2012 at 10:32 am #

        SCOTT
        No. We just activated a comment from a BB employee that says what happened. We had it first.

        • Scott
          February 2, 2012 at 10:36 am #

          that one always get’s you!

        • steve wade
          February 2, 2012 at 10:46 am #

          Dan your such a wuss! ” I got it first! “

    • Dead to Rights
      February 2, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      The only reason the Eagle (BB) got this was because Valenti had the information yesterday. The only reason the BB is even providing this much coverage is solely because of Planet Valenti. Take it to the bank from someone who works there!

      • Scott
        February 2, 2012 at 10:34 am #

        I doubt that as inept as the eagle is they do what they want you really think they care?

        • Molly
          February 2, 2012 at 11:38 am #

          Yeah they care! They report on details only after Planet Valenti has – meaning that the GOB’s finally gave their “ok” to print it since it’s “out there” anyway. Can’t print anything without that OK from them!!!!

  11. Jeff
    February 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    This seems pretty predictable to me. They found a POS Magistate in Westfield the first time around and they will find another POS in Springfield to bring this to a close! It would seem to make sense given the amount of time it took for this top secret appeal to take place.

    I sincerely hope this Judge displays some sort of human decency and holds Merideath responsible for her actions that night. Given the clear facts in this case, one can only wonder how the Westfield guy that dropped the ball last time around could sleep at night!

    Best of luck to you Peter Moore!

  12. Molly
    February 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    I didn’t realize that the state is closing Westfield District Court – here’s a link to the Mass Bar Assoc. newsletter:
    http://www.hcbar.org/feature/5495/october-2011-newsletter.htm

    I took note of the claims of the high impact to Westfield State University – hmmmm

    • Ray Ovac
      February 2, 2012 at 8:01 am #

      Excellent, maybe Berkshire County can look forward to Asst. Clerk-Magistrate Nathan Byrnes being transferred to Great Barrington, or even to Pittsfield. That means Cliff Nilan and he would be able to have lunch together on a regular basis.

      • dusty
        February 2, 2012 at 10:48 am #

        as long as he is not burdened by those pesky morals or ethics he will fit right in with thePittsfield court crowd

  13. Molly
    February 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    MASS. STANDARDS FOR SHOW-CAUSE HEARINGS

    Interesting reading – looks like the DA’s office sure had more say in this than we were led to believe…

    http://www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudges/courts/districtcourt/trans998revised-complaint-standards.pdf

    • Ray Ovac
      February 2, 2012 at 7:58 am #

      Molly, you mean to say DA David Capeless is being less than forthright with the public on this matter? Shocking! Who would have thought?

  14. Molly
    February 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Hey Concerned — what’s new at the court house? Any signs of Mr. No Show Speranzo yet?

    • rick
      February 2, 2012 at 7:03 am #

      the problem with “life positions’ giving to them by sitting govs. are that they answer to no one. they get paid whether or no they show up to work, thus the moniker “no show”. speranzo fits the title well. he already had the nick name “no show” before he was rewarded the job….. all you peeps who have kids dont use speranzo as a role model. here is a guy who was average at best, yet found a way in a corrupt society to succeed. the people need to have a say in whats going on or else this kind of behavior will continue to pollute our society.

    • Four in one
      February 2, 2012 at 10:22 am #

      No Show is still no where in sight. Taxpayers, don’t that make you feel great? This guy pulling down $110 grand and no having to work. Welcome to the Pittsfield Way (for GOBs only!). Us poor folk need not bother to apply

  15. dusty
    February 2, 2012 at 1:45 am #

    The fact that this is taking so long does not bode well. There is overwhelming evidence that a blind man could see and any nitwit could comprehend. It is an open and shut case for any moral judicial person.

    • Ray Ovac
      February 2, 2012 at 7:19 am #

      Dusty, everything you write is true. Except this is Massachusetts and so common sense does not apply. Who you know does.

  16. Ray Ovac
    February 2, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    From the Eagle: “He (Springfield District Court Judge William P. Hadley) is said to be reviewing the audio recording of the Jan. 12 show-cause hearing, as well as other evidence in the case, court officials told The Eagle.”

    DV, that audio recording is likely available under FOIA.

    • Molly
      February 2, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      From what I read (and posted) yesterday, any of us can go and get a copy of the audio recording – no need to go through the FOIA bull. Of course, we need to pay – .50/copy or around $50+ for a tape recording.

  17. Ray Ovac
    February 2, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    DV, you write: “A car entering Winesap from East Street from the west, shortly past the mouth of East, would have little reaction time to notice much of anything there. If a driver was speeding and/or had consumed alcohol, it would make the turn more problematic.”
    DV, from the very first article, on January 11, the Eagle has been reporting that Meredith Nilan was driving NORTH on Winesap when she struck Peter Moore.
    From the Eagle, January 11, 2012:
    “Police believe Meredith Nilan was heading north in her father Clifford Nilan’s 2001 Subaru Forester on Winesap Road the evening of Dec. 8 when she swerved into the southbound lane and struck Peter Moore, who was headed north, according to a Pittsfield Police accident report. “We have a driver, we have a victim and we have a vehicle,” said Pittsfield Police Capt. John Mullin.”
    DV, what is your basis for alleging that Nilan turned onto Winesap from East Street and was driving SOUTH on Winesap Rd. when she hit Peter Moore?

    • danvalenti
      February 2, 2012 at 10:27 am #

      RAYKOVIC
      The allegation, as you term it, is a simple case of being mistaken. We accept version of events you sight. Nothing more should be read into it.

    • Joetaxpayer
      February 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      @RO Not sure how anyone can believe anything Ms.Nilan says.She states that she and her father went back to the area where the accident occured.How could that be seeing that she didn’t know where that was.According to the Pittsfield Police they too went to the scene where Meredith told them it occured that night and found nothing.The following morning after talking to Mr. Moore they found the accident scene.Makes one wonder.

  18. Susan Moore
    February 2, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    To Jeff and Silence Dogood and the many others on this site who have expressed good wishes for Peter and his family I thank you. I also want to thank the many neighbors in your map who have come out to help. Robin has to work and juggle children and Peter’s appointments to rehab which includes walking in the mall. She appreciates the gift cards and dinner baskets from so many people she hardly knows. It helps to take the sting out of the lack of support from the judicial system –especially since tax dollars pay for that! We are waiting anxiously for next weeks opinion but no matter what it is, life must go forward. Peter still has many rounds of tests and perhaps more surgeries in the future. Getting back as close to 100% physically and mentally is what he is focused on so he can also be back at work 100% to support his family. And to those who have expressed concern for Toby, as long as you don’t try to walk him near the spot where Peter was struck, he is back to playing in the house. Toby was so excited to see Peter come home from the hospital that he wouldn’t leave his side. He pretty much stays by Peter all the time. Both of them are looking forward to the day they can go for a walk together again.

    • Joe Pinhead
      February 2, 2012 at 7:37 am #

      Thank you for the update, praying for a speedy recovery.
      :-)

    • Molly
      February 2, 2012 at 11:30 am #

      Thank you so much for the update. My best wishes to Peter and his family. And thank you also for the update on Toby – what a good dog!!! He helped to save Peter’s life! Amazing that Toby has more morals and common decency than it appears Meredith has – actually, not so amazing nor surprising.

  19. CONCERNED
    February 2, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    Molly Not heard much about no show in last days.

    Ray: If he is reviewing the audio recording of the hearing, does that mean he will not see the pictures??

    • Ray Ovac
      February 2, 2012 at 7:23 am #

      ‘Concerned, goood question. Anyone know anything about the Springfield judge?

    • dusty
      February 2, 2012 at 10:57 am #

      Pictures??? ya mean there were pictures?? Imagine that,

  20. Ray Ovac
    February 2, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    DV, check out the cool optical illusion in your two photos of Winesap Road.
    In the lower photo, looking up Winesap Rd from the McIntosh Dr intersection, it looks as though the big Yellow House on East Street is directly across from the Winesap Rd intersection.
    Whereas, in the upper photo taken much closer to East Street, the Yellow House is plainly to the right and a smaller one-story house is to the left with a big evergreen tree squarely in the middle. .
    The satellite image indicates the reason for the optical illusion: Winesap Rd curves slightly to the left as it approaches East St.

  21. Unchy
    February 2, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    @Raya and Co. not only an optical illusion, but actually, is how you would see it while driving inebriated.

    • Ray Ovac
      February 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      Maybe that explains why Meredith Nilan suddenly swerved left into Winesap Road’s southbound lane just before hitting Peter Moore; because at that moment, at her high rate of speed, she suddenly realized that Winesap curves left just before the road hits the T-intersection at East Street. Nilan likely overcompensated in her steering; even moreso if she was in any way ‘impaired’.

  22. Joe blow
    February 2, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Our new Mayor is awfully quiet….