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May 27, 2007

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Ron Newman

The SUV driver is primarily responsible for this tragedy, but the actions of the State Police also deserve some investigation here. Once the chase led into these narrow residential streets, the police should have seriously considered breaking it off, to avoid an awful ending such as this one. No "motor vehicle violations" are worth the lives of innocent people.

There's a lot more discussion of this accident at Davis Square LiveJournal, including several eye- and ear-witness accounts. Click on my name below for the link.

James Ford

Ron,
This certainly needs to be looked at, but from talking to police officers today they say you don't no if it's "motor vehicle violations" when someone flees from them. For all they know, the driver is fleeing from a murder, rape, or terrorist act. They just don't know. I feel bad for everyone involved except for the SUV driver. He needs to spend the rest of his life in jail.

Ron Newman sucks, and he should be investigated for his foolish remarks

Ron Newman is a typical liberal. He should be investigated for being a fool!

Josie

my uncle happened to be the cab driver, he is hanging on for his life, please help our family pray for Nabil

Drew

One of those injured is my sister-in-law. She's hanging on right now, in critical condition. Paul was her boyfriend, and a member of our family right from the start. The grief at his passing cannot be expressed in words, and we appreciate the supportive comments from all those who know about the accident. Right now, we would like to focus on Katie and the other victims...Morales will get what is coming to him. My wife and I send our hearts and prayers to the Farris family. Paul was a light gone out far too quickly. He will be sorely missed.
The police did their job and wouldn't have been chasing this Morales if he hadn't been running. Also, we appreciate everyone's view points, whether we agree collectively or not, but please keep partisan name calling where it belongs...the U.S. Congress.

Thank you,
Drew LaPointe

James Ford

Josie and Drew,
Your family members are in my prayers. God Bless them.

Antje and John Autore, Syracuse, NY

We are just devastated from this horrendous tragedy. Our son Jason is one of Paul's close friends and they were headed to Jason's apartment when this tragedy happened. They had just spent a wonderful evening together and Paul and Katie were headed back to pick up their car at Jason's house. Jason decided to stay behind and take a later cab. These kids did all the right things knowing they may have a drink or two, they decided to take cabs. Sometimes doing the right thing turns out to be tragic. We question why a high speed chase is necessary in a highly residential area.
Our prayers and thoughts are with Paul and Katie's families right now. We are headed to Boston to be with our son who is devastated beyond belief.

Somerville resident

This is terrible, life is random... Given that Paul was found outside the cab, it seems he may have not been using a seat belt (true, on some cabs seat belts do not work)...

Justice For ALL

First, I think it is important that you know ALL the facts. You can not come to a conclusion based on only what you read from the press, given that the press is only given limited information. The only one at fault is Mr Javier Morales! He was told to stop by police and did not. If Mr Morales will not stop for the police, who will Mr Morales stop for! The police have a job to do. Prayers go out to all those victims of this tragic event which could have been avoided if Mr Morales had just stopped when told to do so. Why did he need to run? What motor vehicle violation is so important to Mr Morales that he could not stop for the police?

Neil

Does anyone know the immigration status of Javier Morales? None of the newspaper reports I have read have reported it.

MORALES FAMILY

WE ARE MR.MORALES FAMILY AND, WE ARE SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.....NO ONE KNOWS THE TRUE STORY. JAMES FORD YOU SHOULDN`T OF SAID THAT BECUSE YOU DON'T KNOW THE TRUE STORY..WE LOVE YOU.. MR.MORALES I HOPE YOU GET BETTER WE SOPPORT YOU TO THE END....FRIST I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU DONT ALL THE FACTS. YOU CAN NOT COME TO A CONNCLUDION BASED ONLY WHAT YOU READ FROM THE PRESS GIVEN THAT PRESS IS ONLY GIVEN LIMITED INFORMATION.IN ONE POINT IT IS HIS FAULT BEACUSE HE SHOULD OF STOPPED BUT THE COPS SHOULDN'T OF CHASED HIM IN THE RESIDENTIAL AREA.

Ron Newman

Sorry, but if Mr. Morales was driving 45+ mph down Highland Road, that makes him culpable even if the police also acted irresponsibly.

Anon

Morales failed to stop for the police. He alone is responsible and his family should be man enough to accept that. Thank God it wasn't my loved ones murdered by this criminal.

Jamison Hoyt (brother of victim)

TO MR. MORALES' FAMILY. WHETHER YOUR SON SPENDS THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN JAIL OR WHETHER EVERYONE "KNOWS THE WHOLE STORY" HE BROKE THE LAW. OVER A TRAFFIC VIOLATION...A ####### TRAFFIC VIOLATION. FACT IS HE IS STILL BREATHING AND PAUL FERRIS IS NOT. DO YOU KNOW WHAT ITS GOING TO BE LIKE TO HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO YOUR SISTER THAT SHE WAS HIT BY ONE MR. MORALES AND HER BOYFRIEND (WHO SHE LOVES DEARLY) IS NO LONGER HERE BECUASE OF MR. MORALES' 10 MINUTES OF IGNORANCE. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES FOR POSTING THE COMMENT YOU DID. YOU HAVE SOME NERVE COMING ON A NATIONAL WEBSITE AND POSTING A COMMENT LIKE THAT. YOUR SON IS BEING RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL TODAY! PAUL UNFORTUATELY WILL NEVER HAVE THE PRIVELEGE OF THAT. NOR WILL HE EVER KNOW WHAT HE MIGHT HAVE BECOME FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD OF LIFE. SOMEONE WHO HAD GREAT POTENTIAL AND COULD HAVE GONE ANYWHERE HE CHOSE TO IN LIFE. I PRAY THAT THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS. MY SISTER HOWEVER STILL HAS A MONTH OF INTENSIVE CARE AND LORD WHO KNOWS HOW LONG SHE'LL BE IN THE HOSPITAL RECOVERING AFTER THE FACT. YOUR SON WAS SEEN CASUALLY TALKING ON HIS CELL PHONE IN HAND CUFFS WHILE THE AMBULANCE WAS CARTING AWAY MY SISTER AND HER DECEASED BOYFRIEND. ARE YOU SURE YOU KNOW THE "WHOLE STORY"! I WISH FOR ONE SECOND YOU COULD COMPREHEND THE ANGUISH AND TORMENT THAT HIS AND MY FAMILY WAS AND ARE GOING THROUGH. PAUL WAS AN AMAZING INDIVIDUAL. FAR MORE SO THAN YOU CAN SAY FOR MR. MORALES. HE WAS MOTIVATED, ATRISTIC, EDUCATED, INTULECTUAL, CARING, AND HAD ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING SENSES OF HUMOR I HAVE EVER SEEN IN SOMEONE. TO SEE THE HAPPINESS HE BROUGHT MY SISTER AND TO KNOW THE DEVISTATION YOUR SON WILL HAVE CAUSED HER WHEN SHE EVENTAULLY COMES TO IS ENOUGH REASON FOR ME TO FEEL IT NECESSARY TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION. THIS IS FAR FROM OVER!

TO PAUL AND HIS FAMILY I THANK YOU FOR RAISING A YOUNG MAN WHO WAS AS SPECIAL AS PAUL. AND I THANK GOD FOR EVERY MINUTE HE
SPENT WITH MY SISTER. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. MY FAMILY'S PRAYERS AND CONCERNS ARE WITH YOU AND I KNOW YOURS ARE WITH MINE AS WELL.

Here's A Few Facts

I don't know whether to be furious at the Morales Family or feel sad for them because they're such low-lifes. Here's few facts:

-The upstanding citizen Morales had an outstanding warrant for his arrest

-He had a suspended license as well

-As he pulled away from the trooper, he turned his lights off so he wouldn't be seen

-He was driving his girlfreinds father's car despite his suspended license

-He failed to stop for police and led to this crash

-Does anyone think the cabbie may have seen him if he had his LIGHTS ON!

I am so saddened by the death of this boy and the injuries to his girlfriend and the cab driver. I have no saddness whatever for Morales or his family. As far as I'm concerned, they're horrible people. Don't tell people they don't know the true story, because we all know it too well.

More Facts

Apparently, even if this guy gets felony vehiclular homicide, he will only get 2 1/2 to 15 years. Man, this bag of shit might be out in a few years. What a waste of space these types of humans are.

Even More Facts

Police pursuit is the most deadly force police possess. State police should not be pursuing criminals at high-speed in a densely populated city like Somerville. This is a terrible tragedy. Why not pursue? Read this article from the April, 2007 edition of "Police" magazine (it's long, but worth reading):

Pursuit Safety
by Dan Pasquale

...Incidents within the past decade have forced many agencies to adopt a “no pursuit policy,” meaning criminals get to run free as soon as they step on the gas. To be fair, there are compelling arguments on both sides of this policy. On one hand, no one wants to see the bad guys get away when an officer had them pegged. On the other hand, absolutely no one wants to see an innocent pedestrian or motorist get hurt (or worse) because of that same said bad guy driving like a maniac. So, risk control took over and the no pursuit policy was born.

Still, there are many agencies that still chase vehicles for a wide variety of reasons. With that in mind, we will take a look at a few factors to consider when engaging in a high-speed pursuit. Most of these will deal with a few will be fundamental issues to consider when choosing to continue a chase, or call it a day. However, one will be information you will need to radio back to dispatch, thus allowing your chase to continue and give you the chance to get backup rolling as quick as possible. 1. The reason for the stop: Why did the chase begin? Was this a simple traffic stop, or was it an armed carjacking you stumbled upon? Whatever the case, the reason for the chase is of vital importance. Truth be told, you may never know why the car hit the gas, but what you do know needs to be weighed with the utmost care.

Consider what is on the line when you begin a chase. Not only is the safety of you and other officers in jeopardy, but the people in the pursuit’s path are at risk as well. Sometimes, it may be worth letting the suspect get away, especially if they begin driving through a densely-populated area. This brings me to our next point…

2. The area of the chase: Are you chasing this car in the middle of the desert with no one around for miles, or are you chasing him through downtown at lunchtime? Obviously, this makes a huge difference. The decision to continue a pursuit needs to be weighed constantly during the chase. It may start in a nice rural area perfect for chasing bad guys, but may quickly move to side streets where children are at play.

Remember, the guy you are chasing probably couldn’t care less about the area, he is only interested in getting away from you. Sometimes the smartest thing you can do is terminate the pursuit and get away from the guy as quickly as possible, hoping he will begin to slow down and bail out on foot somewhere in the area. No crime is worth a suspect plowing into a school bus.

3. The identity of the driver: Do you know the person you are chasing? Are they a normal “customer” of your department? If so, consider terminating the pursuit if the driver begins acting fishy. Time is on our side in law enforcement, and he or she can’t run from an arrest warrant forever. Eventually, you’ll be able to arrest them and charge them with all the good things you wanted to…plus tack on evading and reckless driving, too.

Also, if you’re familiar with the driver, consider if he or she has run from the police before. Do they normally ditch the car and flee on foot once they have somewhat of a lead on the pursuing officers? Do they usually drive like a maniac? Are they violent? Consider these when weighing your decision. Sometimes it can be much more effective and easier to set up a perimeter and let your bad guy ditch his ride, fleeing on foot...

jamison hoyt

hey dan....shove it...did you read the artical above you?!?!?! " THE FACTS ARE"

Brianne

I am Katelyn Hoyt's sister. How DARE the Morales family get on here and say we don't know "all the facts"! As family members, you had better believe we've been getting information about the circumstances of this accident, straight from the authorities. Who do you think you are, Morales family? Perhaps Mr. Morales was a "good guy," but good people do stupid things, and they cannot be excused for them just because they are really "good people." And it does not matter what the weapon is -- a knife, a gun, or negligence -- murder is murder. Mr. Morales' weapon of choice was his own ignorance, selfishness, and arrogance. He KILLED -- MURDERED -- a member of our family, and almost killed two others as well. My sister is unconscious in the hospital, and she has no idea that Mr. Morales put her there, and that he took the life of her beloved. And Javier Morales is alive. Someone so selfish and arrogant caused something like this, and he gets to live! Paul Farris was one of the most amazing men I had ever met. He made my sister so happy -- he was going to be a lawyer. He was going to do great things. And he did nothing wrong. Was it worth it, Mr. Morales? For a traffic violation? No one deserves to die, including you, Mr. Morales, but you DO deserve to rot in prison for the rest of your life. My sister and the cab driver have a long road to recovery, and they deserve our prayers and our attention. Forget Morales. His stupidity will hopefully see justice, and I pray he never sees the light of freedom again. He doesn't deserve it.

Roberto Hernandez

On top of everything, Morales also gives a bad name to us Latinos. It was not enough that they just caught the Tufts rapist and he was also a Latino young man. Now this. It just reinforces the stereotype of out-of-control males who do not belong in our society.

Rick Zoolker

Please don't immediately suspect that whoever posted as "MORALES FAMILY" actually has anything at all to do with the real MORALES FAMILY. Unfortunately there are a lot of sick kooks out there who enjoy riling people up in forums such as this and my suspicion is that this post is a troll, nothing more...
My heart and prayers go out to you all...

William Hurst

A terrible tragedy has occurred, but at what point do police stop their pursuit of a suspected criminal. Why bother chasing anyone, let them all go free. It is also being reported that residents of the neighborhood were on the scene before the first police vehicles arrived. How is it that they were that far behind the suspect?

Skeptic Al

I agree... The fact that the "MORALES FAMILY" refers to the criminal as "MR.MORALES", as opposed to using his first name, is telling... Probably fake... Anonymity is well-known to bring out the worst in people...

What

No quotes from the MAYOR he only talks to the other papers? guess he can always count on you to suck up.

Annonymous

This is an awful incident. The person to blame is Javier Morales. Whoever wrote that the State Police should be investigated has NO IDEA what theyre talking about. My boyfriend is a State Trooper and deals with this type of stuff all the time.... so if Javier had murdered someone theyre supposed to call off a chase? are u retarded? he puts his life on his line EVERY NIGHT to protect the streets and you think they should be investigated? WRONG. He goes through this every shift practically... Obv this guy was running for a reason and speeding.... if they werent chasing him, he probably wouldve been speeding anyway to continue to get away... you moron dont ever hate on teh state police

Barney Fife

hopefully your boyfriend can spell better than you.

Ron Newman

If Morales was really wanted for murder, this chase might have been justifiable.

But in fact, he was being chased for a traffic violation. The chance to give someone a speeding ticket is not worth the risk of life and limb that results from a high-speed chase down narrow residential streets. What happened was bad enough, but the SUV could easily have ended up crashing into the house at Highland Road and Kidder, instead of just into the bushes.

Marybeth

Actually, he was being chased because he made the choice to speed away from the police and exceed the speed limit and drive in a reckless fashion. There is no excuse for speeding away from the police. Others have highlighted the fact that the police don't know what is going on and can only assume that there must be a larger crime in hand and that is why they gave chase.

Crim Alien

I love you folks that question the tactics of the police no matter what. They should never get the benefit of the doubt. Your knee-jerk reaction is to cast blame anywhere but where it belongs as in this case: "Mr." Morales. Should the story have read that a man who kidnapped a loved one of yours escaped pursuit when the police broke-off chase because they were concerned about neighborhood safety, you would be complaining that they let "him" get away and are therefore responsible for what happens to your loved one. They can't win, and neither can we Americans with neighbors like you. Go live somewhere else.

ill legal

By the way, how about a mandatory sentence for those who flee from police in a motor vehicle? I think a good deterrent is 1-year minimum prision term for each mph above the speed limit in a high speed chase.

Diva13

What a sin that such talent was taken so young...regardless of Javier's immigration status, there are still 2 critically injured people and one dead. Newman, your a tool and will always be a tool...shut up and show some respect. You agging comments on from others is not helping anything- it never has and it never will. Get a job, a grip and a life.
My thoughts are with both families and all close to the victims.

Un American

"No "motor vehicle violations" are worth the lives of innocent people." you say? How about if the motor vehicle violation included running over an innocent person? How about if the police are chasing after someone who is on a homicidal tirrade with his car running over anyone he can? Any difference?

Grog29

What was the PERP's immigration status? Was he an illegal alien? I DEMAND TO KNOW about him and his family. It's time to MOB Capuano, Kennedy, and Kerry's district offices against that dispicable AMNESTY plan!

I pray for the family of the VICTIM!

Jackie

Okay, I have been trying to remain calm for too long now but some of you out there are beyond ignorant. Put your feet in someone elses shoes for once. Katelyn is my boyfriend's sister whom I am extremely close with and Paul was beyond amazing and as their family has stated, made her extremely happy. Can any of you who look for blame elsewhere possibly imagine what this could be like if it were you? Yes, the police chased Morales, it's their job, unfortunately it's always over something unecessary like avoiding a traffic violation. Are you kidding me? Morales couldn't deal with a violation, he had to turn off his lights and drive away as if he were invinsible and then KILL an innocent, good-hearted person AND injure 2 more? If any of you who don't understand this, you should see what poor Katelyn looks like right now, completely unaware of her surroundings and the fact that she lost the man she was deeply in love with. Maybe then you wouldn't try to look for other people to blame besides the prick who did this. I pray for justice for all involved and I am heartbroken for the Farris family. I had a grandfather killed in a car accident and the girl who did it also had her lights turned off and was in a fight with her boyfriend that night (so driving like a moron made so much sense for her).....want to know what happened? NOTHING. She is still walking free and today is the 9th anniversary of his death. Hence, i WANT and NEED justice for these families involved. How dare anyone who can't understand this.

Ron Newman

Everyone here is very upset about what happened, and we all want Katelyn and the taxi driver to recover from their injuries. Nobody here (except for one troller above) defends the actions of Morales, who should go to jail for a long time if the news reports about him are correct.

But it is no disrespect to your family, or Katelyn's, or Paul's, to ask whether the State Police's actions may have contributed to the tragedy. If we don't ask that question, how can we avoid it happening again to other innocent people?

Jackie

Obviously, and unfortunately these situations continue. I live in New York and there was a law recently passed involving police chases. However, I wish more people would think before they write something ignorant like that (not you, Ron, the other person), it fuels all of us right now since they are not in any of the families shoes. Arguing over it won't help either, but stating facts and i guess, "blowing off steam" is fine for us to do and will do for awhile. This is a long road for everyone and I feel awful for everyone involved.

Jackie

I have just been informed about the death of Nabil, the driver and I am sincerely sorry to hear this. I hope he is at peace and that your family as well as the Hoyt and Farris family will have justice. My prayers are with you all.

Pay Attention Ron!

Ron,
Damn it man! Could you get control of your runaway mouth and keyboard and show some respect for once! People don't want you using their personal tragedies to advance your agendas.

We've got it: You don't like police or government and you and your Progressive buddies think that the criminals are the victims in every circumstance. Fine. Pick it up on another issue on another day and show some consideration.

You'll gain some needed credibility by moving on.

Thanks.

Sharon Mucci

I knew Paul for only one year. He came to work at Electric Insurance Company in Beverly and I was fortunate enough to get to know him while working together in the claims dept. He always expressed his love for his girlfriend. He was a team player, polite, incredibly smart and had a bright future. He was well-liked and respected. I pray for his family and the families of Kate and the cab driver. Life is so unfair to take the life of a young, promissing man who was sure to leave his mark in this world.

Kathleen Dineen

I had the privilege to work with Paul at Electric for a little more than a year. He was a bright, smart young man who was very well liked and respected. My thoughts and prayers go out to Paul and Kate's families. I had the opportunity to see them together at a work get together - they positively glowed together and were very much in love with one another. It is a tragedy that Paul's life was lost and Kate's forever effected by this senseless action. May their families find the strength and support in each other to grieve and cope with their losses. The world is a sadder place without Paul in it. Kate -I hope you get well soon.

Jaime Miskell

Paul was a great person and a great friend. I've known Paul since sophomore year in college at UMASS-Amherst, and I can't even believe I am using past tense when referring to him now. He was such a good person, full of laughter and warmth. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him, including me.

thoughts to family

TO ALL THE FAMILIES OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU. THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WILL FEEL UNREAL,THERE ARE DAYS WHEN YOU WILL WAKE UP AND FEEL LIKE ITS ALL A DREAM, BUT THEN IT HITS YOU. IT'S REAL, HE'S GONE AND THE HURT AND PAIN START ALL OVER. SOMETHING THAT HAS HELP ME AND MY FAMILY,IS TO NEVER AVOID TALKING ABOUT HIM, EVEN WHEN IT HURTS. TO HIS CLOSEST FRIEND AVOIDING THE FAMILY, THINKING THAT IT WILL BE EASIER FOR THEM TO NOT HAVE THE REMINDER. YOU COULD NOT BE MORE WRONG. TALKING ABOUT OLD TIME, THINGS HE DID TO MAKE YOU LAUGH. SHARING THAT WITH THE FAMILY WILL MEAN ALOT. LETTING THEM KNOW WHAT HE MEANT TO EVERYONE AROUND HIM. "YOU WILL NEVER FORGET THE PAIN, BUT IT WILL HURT A LITTLE LESS EVERYDAY." (ITS BEEN 3 1/2 FOR MY FAMILY, AND NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT WE DONT THINK ABOUT OUR BELOVED ONE WHO WAS 19 WHEN HE WAS KILLED IN AN ACCIDENT) STAY STRONG, AND TOGETHER YOU WILL GO ON. AS FOR KATE,I WISH HER WELL AND THAT SHE RECOVERS 100%. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU. (DONT WAIST TIME HATING MORALES,) HE WILL GET WHATS COMING TO HIM. SPEND THAT ENERGY CELEBRATING LIFE, PAUL'S LIFE AND THE TIME YOU HAD WITH HIM. IT MAY NOT FEEL LIKE IT NOW, BUT A DAY WILL SOON COME WHEN YOU WILL SAY HIS NAME AND SMILE, INSTEAD OF INSTINT TEARS. THAT DAY PAUL WILL BE SMILING DOWN AT YOU.

eunice scarfo

I feel for the family that lost their loved one it was awfull what happened in my view it shouldn't have happened if we ar going to hold anyone responsible it should not only be morales by also the state police when you are chasing someone you should at least have the knowledge that you are going through a city full of people no matter at what time it is also i haven't heard if the local police was even notified that there was a chase going through their city, and to the people that are calling morales a low life should be a little more consideret to his family its not the race that makes you a trouble maker but people like you who start calling names because what do you expect people to call us americans when its our own children and children from high class and middle class that commit crimes no matter what type of life unfortunatly in this world people are afraid to teach good values to their children or our children get involved with the wrong crowds we as a nation and as a community need to do something and teach our children a better way of life and not egg them on when they do wrong our nation and community need to learn respect for all ways of life we are human beings and not animals.

Johnny Kelly

No offense, a bad apple is a bad apple. Humans make their own choice and Javier's was the wrong one. I don't know the guy, I sure as hell don't feel any sympathy for him. Any idiot knows what happens when you break the law, drive like a jack*** and run from the police. I don't think being involved with the wrong crowd or community have anything to do with this. Mr. Morales is a deliquent scumbag whose poor judgment and character ruined peoples lives. No offense hun, I grew up without a father in Southie and I had no support from anyone. I knew what was right and what was wrong from common sense. Obviously this sorry excuse for a human being either lacked common sense or was such a piece of human garbage that he didn't care what happen as a result of his actions. No one is to blame for this but Javier himself. He was breaking the law the second he stepped in the SUV and continued despite the police and look what happened. There is no need to justify this guys actions (if you do you really need help), he is human slime. He is a socio-parasite, a person whose existence makes life worse for others. I drive around Somerville everyday and I see socio-parasites just like him. They bleed off the hard work of others and have no respect or remorse for anyone but themselves. They break the law and cause mayham because we as a society don't hold this human garbage responsible for their actions. I hope he rots in jail for the next 20 years.

Kate

Here's the history of Morales.

Driver Morales Has A Long Criminal Past

By Meghann Ackerman
GateHouse News Service
Tue May 29, 2007, 10:39 PM EDT

Somerville - When Javier Morales faced his first adult arraignment in 1995, Jessica LeBlanc, his now pregnant girlfriend was 8. The May 24 arraignment was almost 12 years to the day of a fatal accident involving LeBlanc’s father’s car, which was being driven by Morales. The victim of the crash, Paul Farris, was 14 the first time his accused murder stood before a judge.

These are the charges Morales has stood before judges on:

• On May 24, 1995 Morales was arraigned in South Boston District Court for a compulsory insurance violation and operating a motor vehicle without a license. Morales defaulted – did not show up to court to answer for the charges – and warrants were issued. Both charges were dismissed on May 1, 2001.

• On Aug. 23, 1995 Morales was arraigned in Brookline District Court and charged with a compulsory insurance violation. The case was closed on Sept. 22, 1995 when the case was ruled nolle prosequi, which means the charges were dismissed as if they had never been brought because of insufficient evidence.

• On May 24, 1996 Morales was arraigned in Dedham District Court and charged with trespassing. The trial was continued until Aug 7, 1999 and charges were continued without finding – which means the accused does not have a guilty plea entered on his or her record, but must comply with terms of probation. One year later, Morales defaulted on an order to pay court costs and a fine to the victim witness fund and a default warrant was issued. Four days later, the warrant was withdrawn and police dropped the charges on Sept. 3, 1997.

• Morales was arraigned on Aug. 12, 1997 in Lynn District Court for disorderly conduct. The trial was continued until Oct. 3, 1997 and the charge was continued without finding. On April 3, 1998 Morales was sentenced to community service and ordered to pay a fine to the witness victim fund. On Feb. 3, 1998 Morales appeared in court on allegations that he had violated his probation, which was terminated on April 14, 1998.

• On Feb. 3, 1998 Morales was in Lynn District Court answering to charges of assault and battery – a possible violation of his probation. The trial was continued and on April 14, 1998 he was found guilty and sentenced to probation. Morales defaulted on paying into the victim witness fund on Aug. 2, 1999, but the default was removed the next day and police dismissed the charge on Dec. 3, 1999.

• On April 30, 2001 Morales was arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of malicious destruction of property, attempted larceny, possession of burglarious tools, and breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony. His trial was continued and he was issued a one-year suspended sentence on July 17, 2001. His trial was brought forward on Oct. 12, 2001 because of a probation violation. A judge issued a violation of probation finding and continued the trial to Jan. 17, 2003 at which time Morales was ordered to pay into the victim witness fund and his probation was terminated.

• On Oct. 12, 2001 Morales was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, attaching the wrong motor vehicle plates, and compulsory insurance violation. A judge ordered him to pay court costs for all three charges and the trial was continued to March 4, 2002. Morales defaulted, the default was removed, and the trial was continued to June 24, 2002. Morales defaulted again, but the default was removed on July 2, 2002 and the charges were dismissed.

• On June 4, 2004 Morales was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license in Roxbury District Court. The trial was continued to Aug. 12, 2004 and a default warrant was issued when Morales did not show up. The default was removed on Sept. 14 and the trial was continued to Nov. 30, 2004. Morales again defaulted, the default was removed on Feb. 18, 2005 and the trial continued to April 29, 2005, when he defaulted again and a warrant was issued. On Dec. 1, 2005 the default was removed and the charge was dismissed.

• Morales was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and knowingly receiving stolen property (a motor vehicle) in Somerville District Court on Oct. 14, 2004. He had a jury trial and was found guilty of the license violation on Sept. 28, 2005. The other charge was dismissed. He was sentenced to a 10 day suspended sentence, which was terminated on Nov. 30, 2005.

• On Nov. 17, 2005 Morales was arraigned on the charge of operating a vehicle with a suspended license in Concord District Court. He was in court on Dec. 27, 2005; Jan. 30, 2006; and on March 7, 2006 he was found guilty. Morales was sentenced to supervised probation and received a 10-day suspended sentence. He was ordered to pay a fine to the victim witness fund on Sept. 6, 2006 and defaulted on Oct. 31, 2006.

• On May 29, 2007 Morales was arraigned from his hospital bed at Massachusetts General Hospital for Somerville District Court on the following charges: motor vehicular homicide by negligent operation, failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, larceny of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license (subsequent offence), 10 counts of failure to stop or yield, marked lanes violation, breakdown lane violation, motor vehicle lights violation, improper turn. He was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail and a pre-trial conference has been scheduled for June 29.

James Ford

Thanks Kate.
By my count, this was the 6th time that he was caught driving without a license.
So this was all just a big game for him. I can see him laughing as he takes the keys from his girlfriend: Don't worry I do this all the time.

Imagine how many times he drove but didn't get caught?
Throw in the other charges against him and then wonder, when do people start getting sent to jail?

Kate

"when do people start getting sent to jail?"

Isn't that the truth, James! Our judicial system has failed us, again.

Paul Farris' family should sue the courts for not taking this complete waste of space and poor excuse for a human being, Morales, off the streets.

Curveball

I have seen the question posed on this board, but no one seems to answer...."What is the legal status of Morales?" If he was here on a visa (legally), then he should have been deported for breaking the law the first time he was arrested. If he was here illegally then he should have been deported for being here illegally the first time he was arrested. If the current laws we have on immigration were enforced then we wouldn't have had such a tragedy on our hands.
Let's not ignore this issue!!! Somerville should not be the place that attracts the bottom of the barrel scum like this.

thoughts to family

It's not about Mr morales any more, let the courts worry about him. (hopefully this time they have learned there mistakes )and let him sit in jail, for the rest of his sorry life. He will never have a moment of piece. he will miss out on the birth of his child. and thank god for that, hopefully his girlfriend will move on and forget about him. i feel for her, she too made a bad choice by getting in that car with him . what will she tell that child, your dad is in jail because "he decided the law meant nothing to him" he is a selfish ass. who has messed with so many life's including his own child's.
I hope that he never has a moment of peace that every night and every morning the first and last thing he see's is the memories of the lives he has ruined. to the families stay strong. what goes around comes around " he will get what's coming to him." a life behind bars.death is to easy for someone like that . he deserves to live a long life, and to suffer even longer. to other's reading this life is to short, enjoy your loved one's live life to the fullest and dont take any time together for granted. this could happen to you . My thoughts and prayer are with you all.

Kate

Thoughts to the Family - both of your posts are very well written. I hope they provide some comfort to the Farris family and those who loved Paul. I'm so sorry for the loss you and your family suffered and are still suffering with. It sounds as if you've found a way to honor the memory of your son, by living yours with dignity.

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