Middleboro, Mass. hit-and-run victim's daughters react to suspect's arrest

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November 20, 2013, 10:58 pm
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Nov. 21 UPDATE: Bail set at $10,000 for Eric Megna, and he's not allowed to drive a vehicle if out on bail.

(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Middleboro, Mass.) - "It’s not fair that someone could so carelessly take his life and not look back," said Michelle Dutra.

The daughters of Michael Dutra say it’s a bittersweet feeling knowing that police have arrested and charged a teen with hitting and killing their 58-year-old father last month on Wood Street in Middleboro while he was riding his bicycle home from the grocery store.

Eighteen-year-old UMass-Darmouth freshman Eric Megna was taken into custody Wednesday, accused of not only fleeing from the scene of the fatal accident, but driving to New Hampshire where his family owns a vacation home and reporting to State Police there that he had hit a deer.

Investigators with the Plymouth Country District Attorney’s office say they recovered parts of his black Jeep Grand Cherokee at an auto body shop matching debris found at the scene, and found no signs of fur or deer remains on the SUV.

"I want to say I feel bad for him and I’m going to feel bad for him but I’m not, it’s been 40 days that he’s lived his life, that’s 40 days that we’ve been missing our dad wondering who did this," daughter Shannon Dutra said.

"It is definitely a piece of closure, it’s not going to bring my dad back, the fact that we had to wait all this time that he couldn’t come forward on his own, I’d like to see him be held accountable," Michelle said.

Shannon and Michelle say they hope Megna understands the damage he has caused.

"This kid has literally turned our world upside down, he’s removed a part from our life, from every holiday that’s coming up," Shannon said.

"My dad’s going to miss some big milestones and I know he’ll be with us in spirit, I believe that but to not be able to get a hug, to be able to have a bad day and not be able to call my dad, that’s hard, every girl deserves to have her dad walk her down the aisle on her wedding day and we’re not going to have that," Michelle said.

Megna is scheduled to be arraigned in Wareham District Court Thursday morning on one count of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash causing death.

Middleboro Police say he could face additional charges.

A man who answered the door at Megna's Middleboro home said the family had no comment.

Tags: massachusetts, Alysha Palumbo, Middleboro, Middleboro hit and run, Michael Dutra, Eric Megna
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