Family Wants Justice For FSU Grad Killed in Crash

Matthew Denice, who graduated from Framingham State this year, died Saturday after allegedly being dragged under the truck of an unlicensed driver.

A man accused of striking a motorcyclist with a pickup truck, then dragging him nearly a quarter-mile, pleaded not guilty in Milford District Court Monday to charges including motor vehicle homicide.

, was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail, or $1 million surety, by District Judge Robert Calagione, as a result of the Milford crash, which killed 23-year-old graduate Matthew Denice.

Guaman, of 10 Cherry St., Apt. 1, Milford, is charged with motor vehicle homicide operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation, leaving the scene of personal injury and death, possession of open container of alcohol in vehicle, failure to stop for police, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop or yield, resisting arrest and wanton or reckless conduct creating risk to a child.

His 6-year-old son was in the pickup truck, according to a police statement filed with the court.

About a dozen family members and friends of  attended the arraignment hearing, as well as several people who said they just wanted to show support for the family.

Following the hearing, Denice's brother, stepfather and mother spoke at length with the media about what they would like to see happen through the criminal justice process.

Guaman, a citizen of Ecuador, is an illegal immigrant, according to Milford police. In addition to the criminal charges he faces, he also could face deportation. Federal immigration officials have already told local police they would want him held, should he be released, under a document called a 'detainer.' According to Milford Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin, an ICE detainer would take effect after any criminal proceedings are finished.

The most serious charge he faces — motor vehicle homicide OUI — is a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years, according to Paul R. Jarvey, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office in Worcester.

Guaman, who is employed in construction, according to court documents, is next scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing on Sept. 12.

Following the hearing Monday, Denice family members all said they wanted the prosecution to end with a lengthy sentence in the United States.

"I  want the defendant to serve a lengthy sentence" said Maureen Maloney. "I don't want this to ever happen [again]." His death, she said, has surfaced major issues in the community, including illegal immigrants driving without licenses, and driving while intoxicated.

"I have nothing against people coming to this country," she said. "It's a beautiful country. But do it the right way."

Her son, she told reporters, was a good son and a good friend, who was on his way home from helping a friend when he was struck and killed. He graduated this year from Framingham State with a degree in information technology.

And although she said she chided him for spending too much of his money on tickets for the Boston Celtics, and such things, she told reporters she's now happy he lived for the moment.

"I'm so thankful he did enjoy every single day he had on this Earth."

Denice was struck about 7:45 p.m. Saturday, according to police documents, by Ford F150 pickup truck, and his body dragged a distance of a quarter-mile. He was alive following the impact, a state prosecutor said.

Guaman, who was driving the pickup truck, continued on from the impact point at Congress and Fayette streets, to Bancroft Avenue, according to the statement filed by Milford Police Officer Angel Arce. When Guaman turned on to Bancroft, he drove up on the curb, dislodging Denice from beneath the vehicle, Arce wrote, based on witness accounts.

Numerous witnesses told police they either heard the collision, or witnessed the events as the young man was dragged in the road. Several people told police they ran up to the truck, banging on it, trying to get the driver to stop.

Michael Denice told reporters that his younger brother died needlessly, as a result of the defendant's actions in not stopping the truck.

"Matthew did not have to die," Michael Denice said. "Had the vehicle stopped after impact, there's a chance he could have survived."

Michael Maloney, his stepfather, said what happened in Milford Saturday was not "an accident."

"This was a murder, as far as I'm concerned," he said. He, too, said he hoped the defendant would serve a full sentence in the U.S., and not simply be deported. His emotions, he said, have been cyclical following the death of his son. He went in to the court feeling anger, he said, but when he looked at Guaman in the hearing, Maloney said, "I saw sorrow."

"Now, I have to have faith in the justice system," Michael Maloney said.

The family has created a Facebook page in Matthew's memory, his brother said, called Justice For Matt. He encouraged people to visit the site.

Jim Rizoli July 08, 2012 at 03:14 AM
The Clayes house in more interesting..... Any comments on that one. Jim@ccfiile.com
David Nolta July 08, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I just love old houses, and I think that one is quite interesting. Still, SHAME ON YOU!
David Nolta July 08, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Shame on you, Rizoli, for continuing to treat Jesus like your puppet! And yes, I have a recent quote by you on the Jews--you know the one I mean? SHAME ON YOU!!
Joe Rizoli July 08, 2012 at 03:25 AM
David let's save the Clayes house. We can all work together on that in a bi-partisan objective. Let's see was that house built 1992 or was it 1693? Was it even built at all? Were the Clayes illegal aliens? Did they drive without licenses? Got to get my facts straight here, hehehe Joe Rizoli
David Nolta July 08, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Kira Gagarin July 08, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Why should they not be able to get a drivers license? Does being undocumented somehow impair one's ability to learn to drive? Very confusing.... Not GIVING, but if they can pass a drivers test, why should they not be able to get a license? Makes no sense.
Joe Rizoli July 08, 2012 at 09:04 AM
Kira ask: >>Why should they not be able to get a drivers license? Does being undocumented somehow impair one's ability to learn to drive? >> Yes, yes, yes,  They can't speak English or even read English, that's why  most of them want to take ESL. Also getting a License gets them CREDIT. Not a good thing for people that , lie, lie, lie. Just ask the utilitie companies for all the unpaid  cable, gas, telephone, and electric bills. Most of you people have no clue on that problem. Why would an illegal want a License anyway? They have false licenses, proving they are breaking the law and want to be clients of Kira so she can get them out of jail hehehe. If an illegal wants to visit a buddy in jail he has a predicament. The form ask for your REAL name. Oops, what dies an illegal do? Lie, lie, lie... You tell me what illegal would want to be registered for a license? They like it where they are now. No fees, insurance, liability, if they kill someone they get to go free and get deported. What a life! Joe Rizoli
David Nolta July 08, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Delete David Nolta 6:48 pm on Saturday, July 7, 2012 Joe, stop making personal attacks. I posted a link to a story in which your brother is quoted. What he said today dramatically contradicted his earlier claim. You do not provide facts. You provide your opinions, claiming that they are facts. And you change your false statistics at whim, as proved above. You may question my logic and my sources, but I stand by them, and support them. When you question my integrity, you show yourself to be a skunk. It's not trees I'm looking for--it's the truth, and you had better come to grips with that. Reply
David Nolta July 08, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Delete David Nolta 7:03 pm on Saturday, July 7, 2012 Joe--And by the way, you really ought to read your OWN link. It doesn't support your stupid claims at all. READ!!
Jim Rizoli July 08, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I've been trying to get you folks over to the Clayes subject but I guess no takers. Very interesting story. jim@ccfiile.com
angelina martez July 08, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Dave: One could ask why you are debating the two brothers, you obviously don't agree with ... on an article that is almost a year old. Perhaps you need to walk away from the computer. Some of us know better than to engage them! We love the site and just ignore their comments!
Joe Rizoli July 09, 2012 at 12:33 AM
What is the debate here Angelina? A man was savagely tortured and killed to his death and your two cents deals with nonsense. What is your opinion on the topic? That is the concern here. But as always those mentally challenged with the topic on hand go off somewhere else talking about the tea in China and even more bizarre, are concerned with the person who drove the boat who delivers that tea, How does that tea taste is my first concern, right Angelina? Joe Rizoli
Kira Gagarin July 09, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Thanks, Angelina. I didn't even notice the article was that old. You are right that there is no need to beat a dead horse here. The Rizoli's must have the last word though, stepping away from the computer and enjoying a day of sunshine does not ever seem like an option.
Jim Rizoli July 09, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I was the one responsible for this article coming back as I was just updating some info. Kinda took a mind of it's own after that. http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/07/family_of_man_killed_in_crash.html Jim@ccfiile.com
Joe Rizoli July 09, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Kira, why would you be concerned for a man savagely killed? You'd be defending the illegals right to drive. Joe Rizoli
Kira Gagarin July 09, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Joe, I'm just not concerned with arguing with you when you make such ridiculous statements, thats all. If you ever say anything reasonable, I'd be happy to discuss. Until then, it looks like I am not alone in not engaging you...
Kira Gagarin July 09, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Amazingly rational :) I'll post a blog about this soon and then we can all discuss the topic. Looking forward to it.
julie swids July 09, 2012 at 01:45 AM
hahaha get out much? apparently not. you guys have been back and forth all weekend, wow, how depressing. did you notice what a beautiful weekend it was? ha haha take a breath or something. this argument over who has the fact right is pathetic
Jim Rizoli July 09, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Yikes! A lot of people are driving without licenses. But that is not my point here if they are Americans......Just poor management bad laws etc.... The illegals on the other hand have no business being here and they definitely have no business driving here as they are not American Citizens. But we can work with them on this one. Now let me surprise you with this comment.....WE shouldn't have to have a license to drive anywhere anyway! It's IMO unconstitutional! http://www.apfn.org/apfn/travel.htm Maybe the illegals got it right and we don't...... Drivers Licenses are just another way the State taxes us. Now in regards to knowing how to drive.....that is another story, and that is where the waters become a little murky here. Jim@ccfiile.com
Kira Gagarin July 09, 2012 at 02:00 AM
So, now only American Citizens have business to drive? Thats a new thought...
Kira Gagarin July 09, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Yes, Dave. I was just chuckling at Jim's misunderstanding of the laws regarding who can drive, since he believes that only "American Citizens" can get a drivers license. That simply is not the case.
Joe Rizoli July 09, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Rep King to sue Obama http://cnsnews.com/news/article/rep-steve-king-immigration-lawsuit-against-obama-i-m-not-bluffing-0 “The Constitution does not grant the Executive that power [over immigration law], that power is specifically set aside under Article I of the Constitution, which creates and grants the authority to the United States Congress, the Legislative branch,” King said. Article 1, Section 8, Clauses 4 and 18 of the U.S. Constitution say: “The Congress shall have the power … To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization … [and] … To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers.” Of course Obama is gong to say, what is a Constitution? Joe Rizoli
Joe Rizoli July 09, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Wait a minute, isn't this the same Rep Steven King from Iowa quoted in my original post that some here think on this list that doesn't know what he is talking about, or have his facts straight ? Hmmmmm I wonder if he has his Constitution straight? Joe Rizoli
Susan Petroni (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I agree with Angelina and Julie on this one -- I myself had a wonderful weekend, while apparently Dave & David and Jim & Joe were debating an article almost a year old ... perhaps you would all like to discuss the latest article I just posted ... yet another shooting in the Beaver Street area - 2nd person shot since April and in between now and April there have been a couple of other reports of gunshots in that neighborhood.
David Nolta July 09, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Well I suppose I should be flattered to have people--anybody at all--speculate as to whether or not I am wasting my beautiful weekend by posting comments on this here "Patch". Yep, I posted some comments here when, many months after the article first appeared, a Rizoli "reactivated" it with a typically false and tendentious (and stereotyping and offensive) comment. But I also had a great weekend! I gardened, and visited old graveyards and went grocery shopping and read my books and, finally, took pictures of the amazing sunset this evening! So thank you for your concerns, but I am okay, and do not mind spending a few minutes now and then defending myself and others from the ongoing assaults of the ignorant and dishonest and just plain annoying. Back to Anna Karenina...
Joe Rizoli July 09, 2012 at 04:51 AM
David just wondering who you are taking about? Hehehe Anyway, back to my book on "how to win friends and influence people" Joe Rizoli
Joe Rizoli July 09, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Just to add to David's weekend I had my toenails painted pink, had a tummy tuck and a quick Botox treatment, Visited a graveyard to make sure I wasn't in it, rolled in the garden, went shoplifting, took a few pictures of my cell, came home and watched Oprah. I didn't just read a book but became a story of what books are written about. Joe Rizoli
David Nolta July 09, 2012 at 05:09 AM
You can neither add nor detract from my weekend, Joe. But it was definitely time for that tuck!
David Nolta July 09, 2012 at 05:29 AM
And "just to add to Joe's weekend"--whatever that means--I had a Brazilian wax--but NOT by a Brazilian--and I continued my lifelong task of re-writing the Bible with special focus on The Gospels, and I rolled on the cement and tried to take pictures with my belt buckle and made a map of Mamby-Pamby Land and finally, as the sun was setting, I sat on my brother's lap and counted people who might be Chinese.
Susan Petroni (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Dave: This will be my last comment on this ... as you seem to want to engage Jim & Joe, I will let you, without stepping in when you complain. It seems to be what you want to do. I have learned not to deal with those who have their mind set like - it's like arguing with a toddler - there is no way to win. As I have said on this site it is not my job to monitor comments 24 hours a day, 365 days year, if I did that there would never be an articles posted.


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