Wareham: Buzzards Bay Man Convicted In Connection With Deadly Motorcycle Crash

A conviction was handed down for a Buzzards Bay man in connection with a 2016 crash that left a motorcyclist dead. 

The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office says that 52-year-old Tom Traggis was found guilty of one count of Motor Vehicle Manslaughter. 

The charges stem from an incident that took place on May 29, 2016, after Traggis and the victim, 51-year-old Philip Rigney of Medway, were leaving Shenanigans bar and restaurant on Cranberry Highway in Wareham. 

Rigney left shortly before 10 p.m. and Traggis left moments after, the two men had no previous interaction. 

Traggis’s Chevy Blazer struck Rigney’s motorcycle roughly a half mile down the road causing Rigney to be ejected. 

Traggis lost control, drove over a guardrail, and struck a tree. 

He then left his vehicle and fled the scene. 

Traggis was stopped by a motorist who flagged down a police officer. 

The DA’s Office says Traggis failed field sobriety tests, and officers placed him under arrest. 

Rigney sustained critical injuries and was pronounced dead on June 3, 2016. 

Sentencing for Traggis will take place September 6 in Plymouth Superior Court.

Traggis was found not guilty of Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury Resulting in Death.

About Dan McCready

Dan McCready is a South Shore native who’s happy to be back working in his home region. After graduating from Catholic Memorial High School, GO KNIGHTS! Dan attended Suffolk University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Communications. After college Dan worked as a standup comic and actor appearing in several theatrical productions, independent films, and worked as a background extra in films and TV shows including Fever Pitch, Underdog, and Brotherhood while also working as a weekend overnight DJ on Easy 99.1. Eventually Dan began covering the Boston entertainment scene for Production Live Online and, after being bit by the journalism bug, decided to further his studies at Northeastern University, where he earned his master's degree. Since that time Dan has worked across many media platforms for organizations including the Patriot Ledger, Cape Cod Broadcasting, and 1420 WBSM in New Bedford. Dan is currently residing in Milton and enjoys hanging out with friends, candlepin bowling, playing video games, and making videos for his fledgling YouTube Channel.