Wareham: UMass-Dartmouth college student denies hit-and-run

Eric Megna, 18, of Middleboro, arraigned in  Wareham District Court.on Thursday,  Nov. 21, 2013.  (Courtesy of Marc Vasconcellos, Enterprise Newspaper photographer)

Eric Megna, 18, of Middleboro, arraigned in Wareham District Court.on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
(Courtesy of Marc Vasconcellos, Enterprise Newspaper photographer)

An 18-year-old college student charged in connection with the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist in Middleborough last month has pleaded not guilty.

Eric Megna posted $10,000 bail after his arraignment Thursday in Wareham District Court on a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Prosecutors say the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth freshman struck and killed 58-year-old Michael Dutra on the evening of Oct. 11, then left the scene.

Authorities say he fled to his family’s New Hampshire vacation home and told police and his mother that his SUV was damaged when he hit a deer.

He was arrested Wednesday.

One of Dutra’s daughters, Shannon, said the family’s world was “turned upside down,” by the loss of their dad.

 

 

 

The victim’s daughters Michelle (in red) and Shannon (in green) Dutra at the Wareham District Court arraignment of Eric Megna, charged with the Oct. 11 hit and run crash that killed Michael Dutra, 58. (Courtesy of Marc Vasconcellos, Enterprise Newspaper photographer)

The victim’s daughters Michelle (in red) and Shannon (in green) Dutra at the Wareham District Court arraignment of Eric Megna, charged with the Oct. 11 hit and run crash that killed Michael Dutra, 58. (Courtesy of Marc Vasconcellos, Enterprise Newspaper photographer)

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