DA: No charges in fatal Boston fire truck crash

AP News
Posted: Dec 10, 2009 4:04 PM

No criminal charges will be filed in connection with a fire truck crash that killed a veteran Boston firefighter earlier this year.

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley announced Thursday that an 11-month investigation by police homicide detectives found that no one was criminally responsible for the death of Lt. Kevin Kelley in January.

Conley is recommending changes in training and maintenance procedures to avoid future accidents, however. The investigation revealed that the truck's brakes failed.

The truck was returning from a medical call when it barreled down a steep hill, plowed through an intersection and slammed into a high-rise apartment building.

Kelley, a 30-year department veteran who was riding in the truck's front seat, died at the scene.