No charges for driver in Northampton pedestrian accident

Chloe Rombach was seriously hurt in December 9 crash

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) –The driver of a car that struck a pedestrian in Northampton four months ago will not be criminally charged.

First Assistant Northwestern District Attorney David Gagne said Tuesday that the investigation into the December 9 crash did not show negligence on the part of the driver, who had stopped and cooperated with police following the crash. The pedestrian, 22 year-old Chloe Rombach of Marblehead, suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident, and was taken to Baystate Medical Center for treatment.

Back in December, Northampton Police Capt. Jody Kasper identified the driver as 18 year-old Kenzie Kindle-Badgett of Easthampton.

“The investigation revealed no criminal negligence on the driver’s part, with weather and diminished visibility being contributing factors,” Gagne said.

Kasper said that Rombach was in a well-lit crosswalk when she was struck by the car, which then came to a rest on top of her. Back in December, she also noted, however, that the weather that night likely contributed to the accident.

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