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Mass. man pleads guilty in I-95 crash that killed off-duty officer

Union Leader Correspondent

October 10. 2018 4:44PM

BRENTWOOD — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and other charges stemming from a crash on Interstate 95 in North Hampton that killed an off-duty Somerville, Mass., police officer.

Michael Ricci, 19, of Burlington, Mass., faces the possibility of up to 14 years in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 17 in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Ricci pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of reckless conduct.

According to prosecutors, Ricci was driving a Mercedes-Benz C300W4 on I-95 on Oct. 8, 2017, when he made a U-turn that caused a multi-vehicle crash.

Officer Louis Remigio, 55, was off duty and riding on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle southbound on I-95 when Ricci, who was traveling northbound, used a restricted area to cross over from the northbound to the southbound lanes.

Authorities have said Ricci was driving erratically with a group of other car enthusiasts headed to an event at New England Dragway in Epping at the time of the crash.

Remigio was struck, 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.

Ricci was not injured in the crash.

Remigio was a motorcycle officer for the Somerville Police Department and a 30-year veteran in law enforcement.

Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Haggar said she will ask the judge to sentence Ricci to 7 to 14 years in prison. Ricci's defense will seek 3 to 6 years.

Ricci will also face a 7-year loss of license effective after he is released from prison and on parole. He may also be ordered to pay restitution.

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