MIDDLEBORO (CBS) – An 18-year-old Middleboro man has been indicted in connection with a fatal hit and run in October.

Eric Megna, a student at UMass Dartmouth, was arrested in November for the crash that killed 58-year-old Michael Dutra, who was riding his bicycle at the time.

Megna is charged with motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene after causing death.

Prosecutors say Megna fled to his family’s New Hampshire vacation home following the crash. Days later, he reported to the New Hampshire State Police that he hit a deer on I-93, and sent a picture of a dead deer to his mother, which she later showed to investigators. 

Police determined the photo was taken from the Internet. There also were no signs of fur or other deer remains on Megna’s black Jeep Grand Cherokee. Investigators eventually matched parts from Megna’s vehicle to debris recovered at the crash scene in Middleboro.

Megna pleaded not guilty in November and has been free on $10,000 bail. He will be arraigned next Wednesday.


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