A State Police dispatcher has been placed on leave and is the subject of an internal affairs investigation after she allegedly made online comments blaming a 20-year-old killed in a car crash for his death, according to the man’s father.
Carla Grant, has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending a job status hearing slated for next week, said State Police spokesman David Procopio in an e-mail to the Globe late Thursday night.
State Police, said Procopio, have opened an internal affairs investigation into Grant “for alleged violation of departmental policies.”
“The statements she is alleged to have posted are clearly inappropriate and unacceptable,” said Procopio.
Cory Wasilewski, 20, died during a Route 24 car crash in February 2017 after the Hyundai Tiburon he was driving collided with a Volkswagen GTI, according to officials.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene, they found Wasilewski in the middle of the highway. He presumably had been thrown from his car, a fire official said at the time. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Last month, The Brockton Enterprise reported that Kyle Thistle, 21, of Brockton, was facing charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and speeding in connection with the crash that killed Wasilewski.
Earlier this month, Wasilewski’s father, Thomas, said he noticed people were talking about his deceased son in the Facebook forum “The Brockton Hub.” He responded to one of the posts, and then Grant chimed in with her own thoughts on the fatal crash, he said.
In a post, she said “dashcam evidence proved that my son was driving like a lunatic,” according to Wasilewski.
“She got nasty,” said Wasilewski. “She was blaming my son and saying it was all Cory’s fault.”
Now, Wasilewski, a 46-year-old West Bridgewater resident who runs an auto and marine interior repair business, wants Grant fired.
“I want her terminated and I want some answers from State Police,” he said.
Next week’s hearing will determine what Grant’s job status is for the duration of the internal investigation, said Procopio.
State Police could keep her on administrative leave with pay, change her status to administrative leave without pay, or return her to full-duty while the probe is ongoing, said Procopio.
“Then, upon completion of the investigation, the department will determine if further administrative action is warranted,” said Procopio in his e-mail.
Thursday night, Wasilewski expressed frustration that Grant was placed on paid leave.
“She got put on vacation for slandering my son and attacking me,” he said.Danny McDonald can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.