The following is a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney
AYER – A Westford man has been arraigned on two counts of motor vehicle homicide for a 2012 crash that killed two people in Littleton, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan informed the public today.
Keith Lamarre, 21, of Westford was arraigned July 31 in Ayer District Court on charges of negligent motor vehicle homicide (two counts), speeding, marked lanes violation, failure to wear seat belt, and tire tread depth violation. Ayer District Court Judge Martine Carroll released the defendant on personal recognizance with conditions of no driving and no contact with victims’ families.
His next court date is October 18 for a pre-trial hearing.
“This was a horrific crash which took the lives of two young people. It is made all the more tragic because it was preventable,” District Attorney Ryan said. “The investigation by the MA State Police, the State Police Accident Reconstruction team and the Littleton Police Department determined that speed was a factor in this crash. This negligent operation cost a young man and woman their lives and will permanently affect their families.”
According the authorities, police and EMTs responded to Great Road in Littleton at approximately 5:20 a.m. on September 2, 2012 for a report of a single car crash. Upon arrival, police discovered a 2001 Ford truck had struck a utility pole and that the vehicle’s two passengers had been thrown from the truck. The victims, pronounced deceased at the scene, were identified as Taylor Deluca, 21, of Groton and Richard Mitchell, 21, of Dunstable.
Massachusetts State Police and Littleton Police, along with the State Police Accident Reconstruction Team, launched an investigation.
The investigation revealed that Lamarre was the driver. He was not injured in the crash.
It is alleged that the defendant and the two victims had left a house party in Littleton. After stopping at Mobil gas station, Lamarre drove westbound on Great Road with Deluca in the middle seat and Mitchell on the passenger side.
It is alleged that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed in excess of the posted speed limit. It is further alleged that the vehicle did not stay in marked lanes. While traveling at a high rate of speed, it is alleged the defendant lost control of the truck and crashed into a utility pole, causing the death of his passengers.
The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant District Attorney Christina Lucci. The Victim Witness Advocate is Laura Schwertz.