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Somerville man indicted for fatal motorcycle crash

Posted by Matt Byrne  February 11, 2011 10:21 AM

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A Somerville man who was allegedly driving drunk has been indicted on motor vehicle homicide charges in connection with a July crash that killed the passenger on his motorcycle, authorities said.

The charges against Richard Migliacci, 37, were handed down by a Middlesex Grand Jury, according to the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone.

"We allege that the defendant was driving extremely negligently, resulting in the death of a young woman," Leone said in the statement. "Our thoughts remain with the victim’s family."

In the statement, Leone's office alleges that Migliacci's blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when he crashed his motorcycle on Route 28 near Mystic Avenue in Somerville July 9.

Migliacci ran a red light near Wellington Circle at a high rate of speed, cut off an oil tanker, and struck the median, authorities said.

His passenger, Sinead Lovett, 29, of Braintree, was thrown from the bike. Somerville police responded to the scene about 9:10 p.m. and found Lovett lying on the median, unresponsive and showing significant injuries, Leone's office said.

Police saw Migliacci walking his motorcycle away from the crash site, according to Leone's office. Both were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where Lovett was pronounced dead.

Migliacci was also charged with driving with a suspended license, according to the statement. A date for his arraignment has not been set.

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