Adams man pleads not guilty in deadly hit-and-run

February 21, 2018 03:25 PM

NORTH ADAMS, MA – The man accused in a fatal hit-and-run of an elderly woman deleted a series of possibly incriminating text messages and got his Jeep Wrangler washed, police said in court documents obtained by NewsChannel 13.

David Sookey, Jr., of Adams, MA, the owner of Oasis Liquors backed over Theresa Marby, 85, while she was signaling for him to stop outside his store on Dean St. last Friday, February 16, according to investigators. Later that day, after learning of the accident, it began to dawn on Sookey that maybe he had something to do with it. “In the hours that followed, Sookey proceeded to take a series of systematic steps to both conceal the crime, and later mislead law enforcement investigating the crime,” it said in the probable cause report filed with the Northern Berkshire District Court.

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With his attorney Stephen Pagnotta, Sookey, 61, pled not guilty before Judge William Rota and bail was set at $25,000. He’s charged with one count of Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident and one count of Misleading, Impeding and Obstructing a Police Investigation. Sookey may not drive a motor vehicle during the case. He will be back in court for a pre-trial hearing on March 19, the Berkshire County DA’s office said.

"The whole situation was a shock to all of us. We couldn't believe it,” said Lorin Zapka, President of the VFW Auxiliary. She says Marby was a past president and very active in the Adams, MA community. Marby stopped driving last year but still lived in her own house and worked at the local McDonald’s restaurant.

The investigation was conducted by the Adams Police Department, State Police Detectives with the District Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section.



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