Biker dies after being dragged a quarter mile under the truck of an illegal immigrant ‘drink driver’
Matthew Denice was riding his motorbike when he was hit by a truck and got stuck under the wheel arch
A motorcyclist has been killed after being dragged more than a quarter of a mile pinned under the truck of a suspected drunk driver.
Horrified witnesses banged on the driver’s window in an attempt to stop him.
Others chased the vehicle down the road, shouting at its driver Nicholas Guaman to stop.
Police say 23-year-old victim Matthew Denice was still alive when he got stuck in the wheel well of Guaman’s truck.
But he died from serious injuries after being dragged along the road.
Guaman, a 34-year-old illegal immigrant from Ecuador, showed no emotion when he learned that the motorcyclist he ran over was dead.
He failed a breathalyzer test after being arrested by police.
The horrific accident took place as Guaman allegedly jumped a red light in Milford, Massachusetts.
He hit Denice but failed to stop.
Families grilling outside and sitting on their porches heard the crash and about half a dozen people chased the van on foot and banged on the door to try to get the driver to stop,” Sgt. Milford police, Mike Pighetti.
The victim’s body was dragged over a quarter of a mile before Guaman ran off the road and the body fell out of the wheel well.
Witnesses said Guaman, who had his six-year-old son in the Ford pickup truck, then backed over the body.
Guaman attempted to flee the scene but was arrested by police.
Denice was alive when Guaman dragged him away with his truck, Worcester County District Attorney spokesman Paul Jarvey said.
He had recently graduated from Framingham State University with a degree in computer science and hoped to work in law enforcement.
His mother Maureen Maloney said her son had his whole life ahead of him.
When asked if she was angry, she replied, “I can’t be angry. I’m so heartbroken not to have my son.”
Denice’s stepfather, Michael Maloney, called the incident a “murder” and said Denice was a “great American kid”.
The family said they want Guaman to be prosecuted in the United States and given a long sentence, rather than simply deported.
Milford Police Chief Thomas O’Loughlin said Guaman told police he was in the country illegally. Homeland Security is investigating and has issued an arrest warrant, which would become activated when the legal process is complete.
He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted on the charge of homicide while driving a vehicle.
Guaman was charged with negligent homicide while operating a vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident causing bodily injury and death, possession of a open container of alcohol in a vehicle, failing to stop for the police, driving without a license, failing to yield to a stop sign, resisting arrest, and wanton or reckless driving that creates a risk to a child, according to court documents.