SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An Agawam teenager who was seriously injured after being struck by a car while he was skateboarding, was in Hampden Superior Court Monday morning as the driver accused of hitting him was arraigned. A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of twenty-eight year-old Jomaris Colon of Agawam, in connection with the March 16 accident on Springfield Street.
Sixteen year-old Alex Scafuri suffered spinal cord injuries in the accident, and has been confined to a wheelchair. He watched Monday morning’s proceedings from the gallery of the courtroom.
Colon had already been arraigned in Westfield District Court on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident causing serious injury, and driving without a license in connection with the accident. On Monday, Judge Mary Lou Rup transferred the $2,000 bail set in district court, and additionally ordered Colon not to have any contact with Scafuri or any prosecution witnesses in the case. She must remain alcohol-free and be tested with a monitoring device four times a day. She also cannot drive a car.
Following the accident, Scafuri received treatment at the Shepard Center, a hospital in Atlanta that specializes in spinal cord injuries. Members of the community, meanwhile, have held fundraisers to help Scafuri’s family in this difficult time.