Quincy man to serve 20 months in jail for crash that killed his wife

A Quincy man was sentenced today to 20 months in jail after pleading guilty to motor vehicle homicide for running over his wife outside their home in November, prosecutors said.

Michael Rivard, 49, of Sea Street was sentenced in Quincy District Court for the crash that killed his wife, Beatrice Rivard, Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said in a statement.

Judge Robert Ziemian sentenced Michael Rivard to 2 1/2 years in a house of correction, with 20 months to serve. The rest of the sentence was suspended for three years as long as Rivard abides by the conditions of his probation, which include no driving, prosecutors said.

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Rivard pleaded guilty today to motor vehicle homicide due to negligent operation, operating after license suspension, and unsafe operation, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Rivard had a history of driving problems.

Ziemian also sentenced Rivard to 10 days in a house of correction, to be served concurrently, on the charge of operating after license suspension.

“We thank the Quincy Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police for their work in the investigation and accident reconstruction work that supported these charges,” Morrissey said. “We extend our sympathies to Beatrice’s surviving family and friends.”

Rivard gave conflicting reports of what happened after the crash involving the family car, which also critically injured his son, according to court records.