MILFORD, Mass. — A man accused of striking a motorcyclist with his pickup truck, dragging his body a quarter of a mile and backing up over him has been ordered held on $100,000 bail in the man’s death.
Police say Nicholas Guaman was drunk Saturday night when he ran a stop sign and struck a motorcycle driven by 23-year-old Matthew Denice of Milford.
Witnesses told police Denice was stuck in the wheel well of Guaman’s truck and dragged, despite people chasing the truck and banging on the sides screaming at the driver to stop.
Guaman’s 6-year-old son, who was in the truck, was not injured.
Guaman, a native of Ecuador, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that included vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and wanton or reckless conduct creating risk to a child.
Authorities said Guaman is in the country illegally and could face deportation.
During Guaman’s arraignment in Milford District Court, a prosecutor said that after Guaman’s truck dragged Denice for more than a quarter of a mile, Guaman made a turn and drove onto a sidewalk. At that point, Denice became dislodged from the truck. Guaman then backed up over Denice and drove off, prosecutors said. He was stopped by Milford police a short time later.
Guaman’s lawyer, Craig Tavares, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
“We have two major issues here,” Denice’s mother, Maureen Maloney, told reporters.
“The drinking and driving and illegals driving without a license. I’m not against people coming to this country, it’s a wonderful country, but do it the right way and abide by the laws once you’re here.”
Pablo Guaman, who owns the truck Nicholas Guaman was driving, was charged with allowing an unlicensed operator to drive a motor vehicle. Authorities were unsure whether the two are related.