August 24, 2019
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Louisiana man arrested in Rockland in connection with Massachusetts fatal car crash

Stephen Betts | BDN
Stephen Betts | BDN
Nicandro Velasquez (left) made his initial court appearance Monday in Rockland District Court. Standing with him in front of Judge Patrick Ende is attorney James Mason and Jeff Lord (right), a court marshal.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Louisiana man being sought by Massachusetts police for leaving the scene of a fatal car crash was arrested Friday in Rockland.

Nicandro Velasquez, 48, of Haughton, Louisiana, made his initial appearance Monday afternoon in Rockland District Court on a fugitive-from-justice warrant issued by the Middlesex district attorney’s office in Massachusetts. Velasquez waived his right to contest the warrant and is expected to be picked up by Massachusetts State Police within the next 10 days.

The warrant charges him with leaving the scene of an accident in which there was a fatality. The fatal incident occurred July 26 in Burlington, Massachusetts, according to the warrant.

According to the Massachusetts State Police web site, Cliserio Cordova Ferral, 51, of Louisiana was found dead in the road on the northbound side of Route 128 near the off-ramp at exit 34 shortly after 9 p.m.. Police reported a dark colored truck, pulling a trailer, was in the area at the time of the crash.

Velasquez was working for a blueberry harvester in Hancock County and was in Rockland as part of the job when he was arrested.

His court appearance was delayed for more than an hour as court officials worked to find an interpreter service by telephone. Velasquez speaks Spanish. He, his attorney for the day, James Mason, Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody, a jail guard and a court marshal gathered in front of Judge Patrick Endle and a telephone for the interpreting service.

Massachusetts State Police collision and crime-scene analysts, as well as Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Middlesex district attorney’s office, handled the investigation into the death.

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