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Hopkinton town manager placed on leave after conviction

Posted September 20, 2008 09:30 AM

Hopkinton Town Manager Anthony Troiano is being placed on paid administrative leave following his conviction on a motor vehicle homicide charge this week, the chairman of the town's board of selectmen said.

Brian J. Herr, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, confirmed the move by email. Separately, a town official said the board was planning to hold a closed-door session Tuesday, apparently to discuss Troiano.

On Wednesday, Judge Michael Creedon found Troiano guilty of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, and sentenced him to two years of unsupervised probation. State law also calls for Troiano’s license to be revoked for 15 years.

Troiano was involved in a car accident in Bourne on May 15, 2007 that resulted in the death of 69-year-old Lilija Berents of East Falmouth. Troiano was driving to his home in East Sandwich after a Board of Selectmen's meeting and hit the woman’s car head-on while passing another vehicle.

According to the Associated Press, Troiano testified that he lost consciousness, possibly because of sleep apnea, at the time of the collision. His attorney argued that Troiano shouldn't be sent to jail because the accident wasn't alcohol- or drug-related, and he doesn't have a reckless driving record.

Hopkinton selectmen have a 5 p.m. executive session scheduled Tuesday, and Selectman R.J. Dourney confirmed that the session was called to discuss Troiano. However, Dourney wouldn’t comment on whether Troiano’s conviction could affect his employment with the town.

Earlier, selectman chairman Herr called Troiano’s conviction a “private matter” and wouldn’t say what selectmen would discuss Tuesday.

-- Calvin Hennick

7 comments so far...
  1. It may be a "private matter" but it was a "public" homicide on a "public" street.

    No prison time and he still gets his income while on unsupervised probation.

    Shame on you ...

    Posted by 48209 September 20, 08 11:34 AM
  1. If 48209 had bothered to follow the trial, he/she/it would note that there was quite a bit of medical evidence that showed Troiano had some medical problems. He was also seriously hurt.

    Nothing will bring the lady back that was killed that night, for sure however I think this person has paid a heavy price, and probably now, since there are no profiles in courage that hold elected positions anymore, he will probably lose his job. So to say that he will still get his income is disingenuous.

    Also note that the judge felt (According to the story) that he had no other choice given the way the law was written. Once again our elected officials respond to the great outcry from the citizenry, but they fail to take into consideration all of the possible scenarios that this law might or might not cover.

    I think it is safe to say that this public servant will continue to pay for this unfortunate accident. It would be nice to see the Town of Hopkinton step up and protect this person, don't feed him to the media wolves or those high-and-mighty "Hillers" that might want to see this person dismissed. Remember, it can happen to anyone at any time. Come on Hopkinton, show some courage...

    Posted by BeenThere...Know what can happen... September 20, 08 02:27 PM
  1. Unless his job requires that he be able to operate a vehicle, why should he lose his position?! While he may work and serve the public, he was not on duty while the accident occurred. Perhaps you would feel differently if this were your spouse/child/friend. Just because someone elects to serve the public does not give the right to the public to dictate how their private lives should be conducted.

    Posted by Jennifer September 20, 08 02:48 PM
  1. The accident wasn't the result of drugs or alcohol use. He lost consciousness...surely something he had no control over.

    Posted by Kat September 20, 08 04:33 PM

  1. He should not have any paid leave from work beyond sick time, vacation or accrued time off. The Town of Hopkinton deserves a full time manager for the highest paid town position.

    The Town should only give him unpaid time off to sort out his personal situation and arrange transportation to work or better yet he should move to Hopkinton so he can walk to work.

    Posted by Ronald Bellar September 20, 08 07:10 PM
  1. east sandwich is a real haul from hopkinton! that's insane!

    though hoppy's an expensive place to live, it's not like the cape's any cheaper! it's tough to force people to live in the town they work in; e.g. schoolteachers in weston, for example.

    Posted by natick September 20, 08 11:42 PM
  1. What amazes me most about this situation is all of the people who are so quick to judge. God forbid anything like this ever happen to them or someone they love. For all of you uneducated bloggers ,try looking up the meaning of accident in the dictionary. It is possible for there to be a situation where it is impossible to place BLAME. Your time would be better spent volunteering for those less fortunate than yourself - maybe at a tauma center of a hospital consoling grief stricken familes or as a victum advocate for people who loose their loved ones in such a tragic accident. There is something called forgiveness!

    Posted by Alice September 21, 08 12:14 PM
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