Middleboro: Hit & run suspect to be arraigned for fatal Oct. 11 crash

Eric Megna, 18, of 59 Chadderton Way, Middleboro will be arraigned Thursday in connection to the fatal hit and run of Michael Dutra, 58.

Police say Megna came up with an elaborate scheme to cover-up the Oct. 11 crash, and left Dutra to die in the road. Instead of stopping, police say Megna fled to New Hampshire, where he concocted a story about hitting a deer and even went to the extent of filing a report with New Hampshire State police. Megna embellished the story with details, and downloaded a picture of a dead deer off the Internet, which he sent to his mother in support of his story.

Police Chief Bruce Gates said it was old fashion police work that led to Megna’s arrest. Gates credits Det. Robert W. Lake and Trooper Donald Short for their intensive search for the Jeep, which turned up 2.5 miles from the crash scene.

Gates declined to say if Megna’s parents were involved in the cover-up, but said, “This investigation isn’t over. There’s still work to do.”

Megna will face Dutra’s family at his arraignment Thursday in Wareham District Court.


“I want my Dad’s face in his mind for the rest of his life. I want him to see my sister and I cry,” said the victim’s daughter, Michelle Dutra.

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About Alice Elwell

Alice Elwell is a freelance reporter who lives on the South Shore. She joined the WATD team to widen our coverage to include Middleboro. She can be reached at acelwell2@gmail.com.