Chatham police release name of victim killed in Route 28 crash

Rhode Island Range Rover driver arrested at the scene
An Orleans man was struck and killed by a Range Rover driven by a Rhode Island man Saturday. David G. Curran photo.

WEST CHATHAM - Chatham police have released the name of the pedestrian killed Saturday evening in a Route 28 multi-vehicle crash. According to a Chatham police release, 62-year-old Albert Dellamalva of Orleans was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. 

According to police, Mr. Dellamalva was struck and killed by a blue 2006 Range Rover driven by 32-year-old Benjamin Shealey of Cambridge, MA and Providence, RI.  Shealey, according to police, failed to pull over for Harwich officers and drove into Chatham where he struck and killed Mr. Dellamalva, crashed into a Volvo turning onto Route 28, then crashed into several other vehicles in the parking lot of the Kream 'n Kone.

Four people in the Volvo, two adults and two children were all transported to Cape Cod hospital. The children were later transferred to a Boston area hospital. The condition of the four is not known.

In all, seven vehicles were involved in the crash--either struck or damaged by debris from the impact of the crash which occurred at 6:22 p.m., police said.

According to Chatham police, Harwich police officers were acting on a 911 call received about Shealey driving erratically when they attempted to pull him over on Route 28.  In a statement released late Sunday, Harwich police said Shealey refused to stop and struck a curb, separating his right front tire from the rim. 

Shealey was arrested by Harwich officers at the scene of the fatal crash and charged with failure to stop for police and other motor vehicle violations. He is currently being held without bail.

Police did not indicate if Shealey was impaired or what may have been the reason behind the 911 report of reckless driving. According to the Cambridge Chronicle and Tab, on March 28, 2009, a Ben Shealey, 27, was arrested on Mass Ave. and charged with driving under the influence of liquor and a red light violation.

Chatham police are expected to file criminal charges against Shealey who will be arraigned in Orleans District Court on Monday.

A portion of Route 28 between George Ryder Road and Sequanset Road was closed for seven hours as authorities investigated the scene and vehicles were towed from the area.

The incident is being investigated by Harwich, Chatham and State Police.

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