This is a truly remarkable story. A lawyer named Ed Prisby, who writes at an interesting blog called Prizblog, was involved in an accident a couple of months ago in which a car driven by Anthony Galluccio, currently a Cambridge City Councillor and running unopposed for Jarrett Barrios’s State Senate seat, rear-ended a car, leading to a chain reaction four-car pileup. You can read Prisby’s lengthy first-person account of the accident at his site. Here are some key points:
What had happened was the guy that caused the accident hit the car behind us, who then hit us, causing us to hit the cab in front of us….
I believe I asked the guys [in the car behind us] to let the driver [of the car that caused the accident] up off the ground, which they did. The driver was shortish and balding. I didn’t recognize him. But I could tell he was drunk. Really drunk….
“I’m really sorry,” he stammered as he produced his ID.
“Your name is Anthony Galluccio,” I asked?
“Yes,” he replied….
Galluccio continued to make his rounds, issuing slurred apologies while stumbling all over the road….
Witnesses to Galluccio’s behavior, myself included, implored the officer – I mean, we begged him – to give Galluccio a field-sobriety test….
It appears, however, that a field sobriety test was never administered, and Galluccio was never charged.
Now, however, Channel 5’s Janet Wu has started digging – you can see her report (which aired last night) at this link (if that link doesn’t work, you can also watch at Channel 5’s website – click the story called “Politician responds to allegations” – or you can read Channel 5’s write-up). According to her story, the cops have reopened their investigation into the accident as a result of the questions that Wu raised. Wu interviewed the drivers of the three cars that were damaged in the accident (including Prisby), all of whom state that Galluccio was obviously quite drunk. Galluccio, however, denies that he had had anything at all to drink that night.
And it gets even weirder. Prisby reports (based, I think, on insurance reports – I’m not sure exactly of his sourcing for this part) that Galluccio has repeatedly changed his account of what happened:
He initially told his insurance company that his car was stolen. Then he fessed up and said, yes, he was in an accident, but that the guys he hit had run a red light, somehow causing him to rear-end them.
Yet, in the Channel 5 story, Galluccio tells yet a different story, claiming that he hit a patch of black ice. Wu said in the report that the weather that evening was clear and there were no reports of ice on the roads.
My immediate reaction: Galluccio’s story is very suspicious – three people who don’t know each other tell exactly the same story about Galluccio’s demeanor and behavior that night. My second reaction: isn’t there someone else in Barrios’s district who wants to be a Senator?? Come ON, people! It’s an OPEN SEAT! Hell, if I lived in the district, I’d run! Even if this drunk driving story weren’t lurking out there, y’all shouldn’t just be handing the seat to Galluccio (or to anyone else). Let’s have an election, not a coronation!