MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Middleborough on October 11.
Investigators said 58-year-old Michael Dutra was riding his bicycle on Wood Street when he was struck by a vehicle at about 9 p.m. He died from injuries sustained in the crash.
The Plymouth County District Attorney's office said they arrested 18-year-old Eric Megna in connection with the incident.
Investigators said Megna fled to his family's vacation home in New Hampshire after the crash. He spent a few days there before telling New Hampshire State Police that he hit a deer on Interstate 93. Police said Megna went as far as sending a photo of a dead deer to his mother, who showed it to investigators.
"He methodically kind of figured out how he was going to cover his tracks, and that's scary. That's scary to say that an 18-year-old could think like that," Dutra's daughter, Michelle Dutra, said.
After an investigation, police said the photo actually came from the Internet and there was no sign of fur or deer remains on Megna's Jeep. Police also said jagged pieces of debris from the scene matched missing pieces from the Jeep.
Megna will be arraigned in Wareham District Court on a charge of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash causing death.
Michelle Dutra told FOX 25 that her father had a liver transplant in 1991 and nearly died last year from complications, but regained his health.
"His experience having the transplant inspired him to go back to school and help become a nurse to help people in the same kind of situation he was in," said Michelle Dutra.
Dutra said her father was on a trip to a store to buy food when he was killed.
"Accidents happen. I get it. This wasn't intentional. But that's our dad. Now we don't have him," said Michelle Dutra.