Charges may be dismissed against driver charged with killing Westfield firefighter

No decision made in Thursday hearing on Cape Cod, another hearing scheduled in December

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Paul Dennehy of South Yarmouth is seen here during a hearing at Barnstable District Court in November of 2015.

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (WWLP) – Charges could potentially be dropped against an alleged drunk driver who struck and killed a Westfield firefighter on Cape Cod last year. A motion to dismiss has been filed by the attorney of Paul Dennehy of South Yarmouth, after a key piece of evidence in the case disappeared.

The booking video of Dennehy’s December 27 arrest on charges of motor vehicle homicide and OUI liquor has not been found.

Kevin Regan Photo Courtesy: The Westfield News
Kevin Regan Photo Courtesy: The Westfield News

Members of the family of the late Kevin Regan filled the room at Barnstable District Court Thursday for a hearing on the motion. Both the prosecution and the defense presented their cases, but no decision was reached.

Regan and his fiancé Linda Cavanaugh were struck by Dennehy’s Ford van on December 27, 2014 while they were crossing Route 28 in West Yarmouth.  Regan died from his injuries, while Cavanaugh had to be treated at a Boston hospital after she was seriously hurt.

In total, about 20 people showed up to support Regan, including Cavanaugh and seven of his nine siblings. Kevin Regan’s brother Gerald told 22News how the family has been dealing with their loss.

“It’s been a tough year for all of us. Not only my family, but the fire department family as well. To see some progress being made even though it wasn’t really progress, but the wheels are turning and it’s encouraging,” he said.

He told 22News that serving the community by being a member of the fire department, is something that was important to Kevin.

“It’s a family tradition. My father is a retired Westfield firefighter, my sister Mary the chief, my brother Chris is a captain. He’s sorely missed, statewide and even throughout the country.”

The judge said she would review and give her decision at a status hearing December 18.

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