Dedham woman awaits another court date for fatal hit-and-run

Steven Ryan

Jane Goodman, the 72-year-old Dedham woman charged in a fatal hit-and-run on Great Plain Avenue in November, faced her first court date since her arraignment April 3, with the case being continued until May 20 for a pre-trial conference.

The pre-trial hearing was uneventful, since Goodman was not in the courtroom – but did reportedly appear at the courthouse – when her case was heard at Dedham Superior Court. Neither Goodman’s lawyer, John Gibbons, nor the prosecutor, Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Lea Tatelman, made any special requests at the hearing.

The case will likely not get fully underway until after the May 20 pre-trial conference, said Norfolk County District Attorney spokesman Michael Connolly.

Goodman allegedly struck 67-year-old Michael Dorfman of Framingham as he was crossing Great Plain Avenue in Needham at the intersection of Maple Street and Glendoon Road. She apparently slowed down but did not stop after striking the victim, Tatelman said at the November arraignment. Goodman pleaded not guilty.

Dorfman, who worked at Michelson’s Shoes on Great Plain Avenue, was apparently leaving work and was crossing the street to reach his car, which was parked on Glendoon Road.

Goodman was charged with negligent motor vehicle operation resulting in a homicide, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and negligent operation. At the arraignment, Gibbons said his client has little prior history, noting a trespassing charge that was dismissed in 1999. He added Goodman, who has one child and had been married for about 30 years before a divorce 13 years ago, lives by herself and is a lifelong Dedham resident.