Driver cited for speeding just 7 minutes before deadly Auburn crash

Paramedics transported both drivers to UMASS Medical Center, where one died from his injuries and the other remains hospitalized.

A Douglas man died on Sunday following a head-on crash with the driver of a pickup truck who had been cited about seven minutes before the accident, and less than two miles away from the scene, for speeding and not carrying a license.

Auburn Police Detective Sgt. R. Scott Mills said 911 calls reported the initial “head on motor vehicle crash with entrapment in the area of 199 Washington Street (Route 20)” around 1:12 p.m. on Feb. 27. 

UPDATE: As of 3:30 pm, Route 20 is re-opened to traffic. Thank you for your patience.Route 20 west of Windbrook Acres mobile home community. Road closed while CEMLEC Crash Reconstruction investigates.

Posted by Auburn MA Police Department on Thursday, February 27, 2020

Mills said officers performed first aid on the two drivers — 34-year-old Douglas man Keith D. Arsenault, and Dennis A. Maccarone, 30, from Westminster until Auburn paramedics made it to the scene and transported them both to the UMASS Memorial Medical Center on Lake Avenue in Worcester.


Arsenault died from his injuries in the hospital on Sunday. 

The Telegram & Gazette reported that Arsenault died just two weeks before his 35th birthday, and his fiancée, Laura Knight, said he was a mental health associate for UMass Memorial Health Care’s Psychiatric Treatment Recovery Center.

Maccarone remains hospitalized.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Maccarone crossed from the eastbound lane into the westbound lane and crashed into Arsenault, who was driving a 2002 Subaru Impreza, Mills said. 

Maccarone, driving a 2011 gray Chevy Silverado, had reportedly received a citation for speeding and not possessing his license just seven minutes before the crash and less than two miles away from the scene of the incident.

While the investigation is ongoing, Maccarone has been charged with motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Mills said he will be arraigned at a later date in Worcester District Court.

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