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'This is a tragedy': Teen waives arraignment in crash that killed officer

Union Leader Correspondent

October 19. 2017 4:40PM

BRENTWOOD — Calling the deadly crash a "tragedy," the defense lawyer for the Massachusetts teenager charged in the death of an off-duty police officer says his client won't be making a court appearance Friday.

Charles Keefe, who's representing 18-year-old Michael Ricci, said he plans to waive his right to an arraignment on charges stemming from the deadly crash on Oct. 8 on Interstate 95 in North Hampton.

Keefe said his office just received discovery material in the case Thursday and that no decision has been made on whether Ricci will request a probable cause hearing to see if the evidence supports the charges.

"We're going to have to process and analyze (the discovery) and move ahead," Keefe said. Ricci, of Burlington, Mass., was initially arrested on a reckless conduct charge, but more serious felony charges were added this week that include negligent homicide, second-degree assault and four counts of reckless conduct.

Ricci is accused of driving erratically in a Mercedes-Benz C300W4 with a group of other car enthusiasts on their way to an event at New England Dragway in Epping when he caused a multi-vehicle wreck by using a restricted area to make a U-turn from the northbound to the southbound lanes on I-95.

Somerville, Mass., police officer Louis Remigio, 55, was off duty and riding on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle at the time of the crash. He was thrown from the bike and later died of his injuries at the hospital. Occupants in another vehicle that rolled over in the crash also suffered serious injuries.

"This is a tragedy. Obviously everyone's hearts go out to the victims and their families," said Keefe, a defense lawyer with Wilson, Bush & Keefe, in Nashua, who will represent Ricci with partner Eric Wilson.

Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway said the additional felony charges were filed this week after her office reviewed information on the fatal crash provided through the state police investigation.

According to state police, Ricci declined to give a statement after the crash and refused to perform any field sobriety tests or consent to providing a blood sample.

He remains free on $10,000 cash bail.

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