Judge denies bid to dismiss charges in hit and run
SALEM, Mass.—A judge has refused to dismiss charges against a mentally disabled Beverly man accused of fleeing the scene of a fatal hit-and run accident.
A lawyer for 40-year-old Scott Soreff argued Wednesday that it serves no purpose to keep the case open given the fact that Soreff will likely never be competent to stand trial because of his disabilities.
Police say at the time Soreff is accused of striking and killing Valentino Macario-Lopez in November 2008 , he was on at least five medications for treatment of disorders including autism and bipolar disorder.
He has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.
The Salem News (http://bit.ly/Hozisk) reports that a prosecutor suggested in court that he may have Soreff re-evaluated next year.
Soreff's lawyer says he no longer drives.
Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com