SALISBURY (CBS) – Deven Tanguay, the driver charged in a hit and run in Salisbury that killed Becky Bartczak, was ordered held without bail Tuesday, hours after his arrest.
“He just left her to die,” said Michael Bartczak, sobbing outside of Newburyport Court. He had just faced the man accused of hitting and killing his daughter, 39-year-old Becky Bartczak.
Police say he left the scene before a camper fell off his pick-up truck. “Then he drove away,” said Bartczak through tears. “They’ve got a lot of evidence. It was really hard to be in there.”
Police later tracked down the suspect, 32-year-old Deven Tanguay, in New Hampshire, and let him go. They said he was not intoxicated, but there was blood on his truck.
“He did not show any signs of concern or distress that he just hit and killed another person,” said the Salisbury Police report. Tuesday morning, they arrested him with the help of Woburn Police and the Massachusetts Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section.
Becky Bartczak leaves behind an 18-year-old son, a seven-year-old son, and a baby granddaughter. She was an Amesbury school bus driver, and a fitness buff who insisted on biking to and from her second job at the 99 Restaurant in Seabrook Friday night.
“Full high visibility gear, reflectorized gear, helmet, full lighting on the bike,” her uncle Bob Bolduc told WBZ Monday before the arrest. “She was doing everything right.”
The light on her bike was so bright, Danielle Deveau says she saw it blinking through the window of her home on Folly Mill Road in Salisbury, were it happened. On Deveau’s lawn, there are flowers now where Bartczak’s body was. “I went over to her, checked her pulse. There was nothing. I was talking to her the whole time, even though I knew,” she said.
In court when the judge announced Tanguay would be held without bail, a relative of Bartczak broke out in applause. The judge stopped her. “I don’t want a single outburst in this courtroom,” he said.
“I want him to pay the price,” said her father. “We’re paying the price right now. The hurt and the loss. I want him to know.”