Milford man pleads not guilty in crash that killed motorcyclist

MILFORD — Nicolas Guaman, the Milford man accused of dragging a motorcyclist for a quarter mile after a collision even though people frantically tried to get him to stop, showed no emotion when told the motorcyclist was dead, according to a document filed in court today.

Nicholas GuamanMark Fisette/MetroWest Daily News/AP

Guaman appeared in Milford District Court where he 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.

Guaman, an illegal immigrant from Ecuador who may face deportation by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency following his arrest, was driving a Ford pickup truck with his 6-year-old son as a passenger at the time of the crash.

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Guaman was allegedly drunk when his pickup collided with the motorcycle being driven by Matthew Denice, 23, of Milford at the intersections of Congress and Fayette streets around 7:50 p.m. Saturday.

According to an application for a criminal complaint filed by police in court, Denice was trapped in the passenger side wheel well of the truck as Guaman drove away from the scene. Despite frantic efforts by passersby to get him to stop, Gauman allegedly drove for about a quarter mile before Denice fell off the vehicle.

After Guaman was taken into custody, he failed several sobriety tests and had a hard time answering questions from police. He told police that he did not stop his vehicle “because his truck was damaged and he didn’t know what to do,’’ the report said.

When he was informed that the motorcyclist had died, Guaman allegedly shrugged his shoulders and showed little emotion, police said in the report.

After the arraignment, Denice’s mother, stepfather, and brother talked about the passionate young man who was obsessed with Boston sports teams and was devoted to his family.

“He was just such a fun-loving person,’’ said Maureen Maloney, Denice’s mother.

Her husband, Michael Maloney, said that whether Guaman is an illegal immigrant is less important than the horrific action he appears to have taken Saturday night.

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“This isn’t about where he’s from and being illegal,’’ Michael Maloney said. “It’s about humanity.’’

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.

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