Milford, MA – Nicolas Guaman, who is in the country illegally and has no driver’s license, was arraigned on charges related to driving while drunk and hitting and killing 23-year-old Matthew Denice late Saturday.
It was reported that while believed to be drunk – and transporting his 6-year old child – Guaman struck Denice who was on his motorcycle. Police said Denice became stuck in the wheel well of Guaman’s truck and dragged a quarter mile onto a yard, despite witnesses trying to get him to stop.
“People across the street were … beating on the window, beating on the truck and yelling at him, trying to get him to stop,” said Greg Russo, a witness.
Guaman drove off anyway, telling police later that he “didn’t know what to do.” He would drive for about a quarter mile with Denice lodged in the passenger-side wheel well, his body falling out when Guaman ran off the road and into a yard. Denice was alive when Guaman dragged him with his truck, said Worcester County District Attorney spokesman Paul Jarvey.
Gauman failed several sobriety tests and had a hard time answering questions from police. According to police documents, Gauman shrugged his shoulders and showed no emotion when told the motorcyclist he hit was dead.
Maria Yupanqui, Guaman’s wife of 15 years, said after the arraignment that she does not understand why her husband chose to drink and drive. Her hope, she said, is that her husband ‘will be deported and sent back to Ecuador as soon as possible.’
Denice’s family went to the arraignment to see Nicolas Guaman.
“I’m just consumed, consumed with heartbreak,” said Maureen Maloney, Denice’s mother.
Guaman pleaded not guilty to eight charges, including vehicular homicide while under the influence, failure to stop for police, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and reckless conduct creating risk to a child. Bail was set at $100,000 cash.
Immigrations and customs enforcement offices are also involved in the case.Tags: Accident, DUI, fatality, illegal alian, Massachusetts, Milford, motorcyclist, Nicolas Guaman, unlicensed