UPDATED: Unlicensed Driver Charged in Fatal Crash

A motorcyclist was killed Saturday night following a collision with a pickup truck in which he was dragged a quarter-mile, police said. The driver of the pickup truck, who fled, was arrested a few blocks away.

UPDATED: A 34-year-old faces numerous charges following his arrest in the fatal motorcycle crash, according to Milford police log records. of 10 Cherry St., Apt. 1, Milford, is charged with motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence of liquor and numerous other offenses.


UPDATED: A motorcyclist was killed Saturday night in Milford following a collision in which he was dragged for a quarter-mile by a pickup truck that then left the scene, police said.

The motorcyclist, , was found on Bancroft Avenue, and was taken to where he was pronounced deceased, said Milford police Sgt. Jim Heron. 

The driver of the pickup truck was apprehended by police on Lee Street. He was not injured, Heron said. Charges will be filed following completion of the investigation, Heron said.

The collision was reported at Congress and Fayette streets, where witnesses told police they saw a large pickup truck dragging a motorcyclist. The motorcycle was left on Congress Street, near the . All along West Street, numerous witnesses ran up to the truck, some pounding on it, trying to get the driver to stop, said Milford officer Jeanne Van Patten-Steiger. At least a dozen witnesses were interviewed by police.

The crash occurred at a time when many people were out in the neighborhood, or sitting on front porches. West Street is densely populated, and one of the most traveled roads in Milford.

"There were people all up and down the street," said Van Patten-Steiger said. ". . . [some] were pounding on the truck."

According to Heron, after turning on to Bancroft, from West Street, witnesses said the pickup truck driver rolled up on to a lawn, then ran over the injured man again, as he drove off.

A Milford police officer, who happened to be in the West Street area, was first on the scene and administered aid to the man, Heron said. The officer, , also works as a paramedic in Worcester, he said.

Late Saturday, a large section of West Street and a portion of Congress Street remained closed, as police continued their investigation. Providing assistance was the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (CEMLEC) Collision Reconstruction team.

Bryan Herrick August 21, 2011 at 02:42 AM
Terrible. My heart goes out to the victim
Caroline Bertoni August 21, 2011 at 02:49 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with the victim and the family....
Joellen Beausoleil August 21, 2011 at 03:29 AM
That is horrible......I'm so sorry for the victim and his/her family. I will keep them in my prayers.
anonymous August 21, 2011 at 05:34 AM
So grateful for the quick response of the Milford Police to catch the man responsible for this heinous crime!
Joseph Carroll August 21, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Thank you Milford police- now make sure this freak never see's the light of day,my nephew wasn't given that oppuntunity because of his senseless,carelessness for life,justice will prevail. I dont care how lawyered up you are we will have MORE..... Promise... just plain WRONG. joe carroll
Mommy KnowItAll August 21, 2011 at 04:45 PM
So sad! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family! Such a horrific tragedy and completely uncalled for. That driver deserves the absolute worst for what he did to that poor child. I said it...child! He did not deserve to have his life taken and especially in such a cruel, brutal manner. RIP Matt and may your killer rot the rest of his life!
Danielle Horn August 21, 2011 at 04:46 PM
P Bert- no swearing. Had to delete your post. Just reword it. Thank you!
p. bert August 21, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Pure douche bag coward!!! Death penalty 100% gas chamber.. and throw in the dumpster like they would do to a dog from a over populated pound... My prayers be with the family of the helpless victim..
p. bert August 21, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Apologys Danielle I'm soo enraged bout this horrible incident and these scumm bags migrating to a town were I was born and raised... There was not as much probs and crimes like there is now with all these roachs coming there
p. bert August 21, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Mami Kate wats the poor victims last name I've been waiting for the update they only relased the dirt bags
Danielle Horn August 21, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Matthew Denice: see updated story here - http://milford-ma.patch.com/articles/34-year-old-man-arrested-following-fatal-motorcycle-crash
lmp August 21, 2011 at 05:36 PM
I am so sickened by what happened to Matt. My daughter graduated with him and was a very good friend of his. She is completely devastated and heartbroken. This was just so senseless. I pray for Matt's family at this horrible time. I agree completely with p. bert. We need to get these scum bags out of our town. It is difficult to see our wonderful little town of Milford go downhill because of all these illegals. Being "illegal" should be enough to get these people sent back to their own country. I just don't understand......
Gregj1005 August 21, 2011 at 08:10 PM
Hey James, she was just trying to get the facts right as they were wrong here. We were there and saw the whole thing, had a hard time sleeping last night and have been praying for the family since. You shouldn't attack anyone but the driver of the truck, as he was Totally wrong in everything he did.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) August 21, 2011 at 11:49 PM
Please do not attack each other on this page. I have to delete those comments.
Susan August 22, 2011 at 02:09 AM
Anonymous Mother As a mother of schoolage children that walk to school I am saddened by such a tragedy. My thoughts,prayers and condolences are for the family of this young boy.
sharon August 22, 2011 at 02:20 AM
To the editors,thankyou for allowing people to express their feelings. Im sure the "other" paper will not
Sandra Bucchino-Goglia August 22, 2011 at 04:49 AM
My heart goes out to the victim and his family. It is a terrible day, when an unlicensed, drunk driver is out on the road. We are all potential victims...People who drink and drive and cause an accident,especially a fatal one, should rot in jail for life. Better yet, they should get the death penalty. Why should we support a loser, who took someone's life. They don't deserve to live with the expectations of free everything; food, clothing, cable, etc......Wish I could serve on that jury!!! Pray for the family who lost a loved one.
Mike Maloney August 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM
Thank you everyone for your support. I am Maureen Maloney I have had the privilege to be Matthew's mother. He was such a blessing, a true shining light in this world. I think everyone who knew him will agree. I ask that you do not attack one another. If you have strong feelings please use them constructively. Matthew was a loving and kind young man that lived everyday to it's fullest. I ask everyone please don't say or do anything to disrespect his memory. He did nothing wrong, he didn't drink and drive, his motorcycle was insured and he was legally riding it. He always brought the motorcycle home before dark. He was on his way home, 2 miles away with his life was taken. Please support his memory in positive ways. The are many issues that need to be addressed, drunk driving, illegals living in Milford, driving without a license, and the fact that this murderer had a child in the truck with him (translation child endangerment). Please support Matthews memory in a positive way.
Annette Williamson August 22, 2011 at 01:25 PM
My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family. Although I did not know Matt personally I feel like I have, as I watch this story unfold. To Maureen and Mike Maloney, Matt emulates the son that any parent would be proud of. May your memories, friends and family help get you through the upcoming days. It is said that we all leave our "mark" in this world, in Matt's memory, we should all try and make our part of the world a better place in which to live, then as a whole we can succeed. To those who tried to get the driver to stop the truck, kudos for getting involved, today it seems that many would not and for the woman who held Matt's hand while awaiting the ambulance, God Bless you and your family! Thank you Mary and Danielle, for keeping us up to date on any new developments as well as allowing us to have an area to "vent". To the family and friends of Matt, my sincerest apologies for a life taken much too soon! You will all have "special memories" with Matt, whether it be a joke, movie, favorite food, vacation.....draw upon those times to get you through the days ahead.
mom who cares August 22, 2011 at 02:41 PM
3:04 p.m.: A caller told police a male in a car on Chestnut Street appeared to be intoxicated, and had a young child in the car with him. Police investigated, and Runs in the family.......arrested Juan Guaman, 23, on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to use care in starting, stopping or backing up, and possessing an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Check it out...August 6th http://milford-ma.patch.com/articles/police-log-stolen-vandalized-mailboxes
mom who cares August 22, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Must run in the family!!!
mom who cares August 22, 2011 at 02:44 PM
Another family member???? I sense a pattern!!! Check this out too!!! 8:43 a.m.: Following a motor vehicle stop, police arrested Juan G. Guaman, 35, of 80 S. Bow St., Apt. 2, Milford, on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to wear a seatbelt. May 19th 2011 http://milford-ma.patch.com/articles/police-log-cars-peeling-out-several-crashes
Mark Cain August 22, 2011 at 07:32 PM
If this illegal was not here illegally this never would have happened!!
Kathy August 23, 2011 at 03:45 AM
https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=198459326884505 Vigil for Matthew Denice, Draper Park, Friday August 26th, 7:50pm - 10:30pm.
Joe Rizoli August 23, 2011 at 06:38 AM
Joe Rizoli CCFIILE.com This problem with Illegal's driving is nationwide. People need to know that just driving by these illegals can bring sorrow to any of us at any time. Jessica Vaughan mentioned in the Boston Globe piece that "Opponents of Secure Communities have tried to create the impression that traffic offenders are harmless......This case illustrates that, in fact they can be a serious threat to public safety" she said.. Personally, the Police Chief should be fired. He did NOTHING, just like they have done in Framingham to stop the illegal's from coming here, from driving and from just informing that community that their being here in the first place is wrong. In Framingham the Police, the politicians and everybody else placated the ILLEGAL'S by giving them a meeting listening to THEIR concerns. What about AMERICANS CONCERNS. At this meeting one brazen Illegal Brazilian even admitted that 90% of them ( Brazilians ) were ILLEGAL. He said that to the department of Justice lady Josephine, She repeated his comments. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1bRvqrJQrs I thinks it's time we look out for the AMERICAN CITIZENS and start looking into THEIR CONCERNS. Joe Rizoli


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