Driver charged in Cape Cod bus stop death to undergo mental health evaluation


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BARNSTABLE, Massachusetts — A driver charged with striking and killing a man waiting at a Chatham bus stop before causing a crash that injured four people while being pursued by police has been ordered to undergo an evaluation to determine his mental competency and criminal responsibility.

The Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/1mQpBIh ) reports that a Barnstable Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered Benjamin Shealey sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for 30 days.

Authorities say Shealey was fleeing Harwich police in July 2013 when he struck a 62-year-old man at a bus stop. He then struck the car, sending a vacationing family of four to the hospital. He has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including vehicular homicide and drunken driving.

His lawyer has previously said Shealey has mental health issues and doesn't remember what happened.


Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodonline.com

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