Taunton Man Arraigned in Motor Vehicle Homicide

June 7, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tim Connolly 508-688-5565

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WORCESTER — A 24-year-old man was held on $50,000 bail following his arraignment today on nine charges including motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation in the death of an Auburn man, according to the Office of the Worcester County District Attorney.

Dejesus E. Amaro of 209 Washington St., Apt. 2 in Taunton is charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash after causing personal injury and death; operating a motor vehicle negligently while under the influence of drugs and causing serious injury; motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation; leaving the scene of property damage; using a motor vehicle without authority; possession of an open container of alcohol in public; unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; marked lanes violation; speeding. He also was arrested on two warrants from another jurisdiction.

Judge David Despotopulos entered not guilty pleas on the defendant’s behalf.

Shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday, Mr. Amaro’s Ford Explorer crossed over the double yellow lines on Washington St., and struck a Toyota Tacoma and a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The driver of the Tacoma escaped without injuries. Both the driver of the Jeep and a passenger were injured and transported to UMass-Memorial Medical Center. The passenger, Michael A. Robidoux, 54, of Auburn was pronounced dead at UMass. The driver remains hospitalized.

The judge set $50,000 bail. The case was continued to July 8 for a pre-trial conference.