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    Dispatcher Accused of Blaming Car Crash Victim

    A Massachusetts State Police dispatcher is being investigated for allegedly making harsh comments online blaming a car crash victim for his fatal accident. NBC Boston spoke with the grieving father.

    (Published Friday, March 23, 2018)

    A Massachusetts State Police dispatcher is now on upaid leave as authorities investigate alleged social media posts about previous state police investigations.

    State police said Friday that Carla Grant's alleged social media posts are in violation of department policy. She was placed on paid administrative leave, but the department confirmed Tuesday she would no longer be paid as the internal investigation continues.

    The Boston Globe reports the investigation centers around a February 2007 crash that claimed the life of 20-year-old Cory Wasilewski on Route 24 in Avon.

    Wasilewski's father, Thomas, told NBC10 Boston he noticed people discussing the crash in a Facebook forum and that Grant, a civilian dispatcher, was among those to comment.

    Dispatcher on Leave Over Social Media Posts

    [NECN] Dispatcher on Leave Over Social Media Posts

    Massachusetts State Police say a dispatcher has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into alleged social media posts about previous state police investigations.

    (Published Friday, March 23, 2018)

    "I could not understand why she was saying such mean, hurtful things. She doesn’t know me. Doesn’t know my family," said Thomas Wasilewski. "It was shocking. It hurt."

    He said that in one post, Grant blamed his son for his death and posted that dashcam video showed his son "driving like a lunatic."

    "I was just shocked. I didn’t know anything about a dash cam. I know no one else was supposed to know anything about a dash cam either," he said.

    A hearing is scheduled for next week when the department will decide if Grant should be able to return to work during the investigation.

    "Now I want answers. I want her removed from her position," said Thomas Wasilewski.

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