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October 20, 2012

Driver jailed on probation charge

Police: Pagliarulo drove after guilty plea in fatal collision

HAVERHILL — When Joseph Pagliarulo pleaded guilty last month to hitting an elderly Groveland woman with his pickup truck and killing her, his driver’s license was suspended for five years.

He was also given a one-year suspended jail sentence and released. But today he is behind bars. A judge found probable cause yesterday that Pagliarulo may have violated the terms of his probation by driving a vehicle outside his Atkinson home four days after his license was suspended. Haverhill District Court Judge Richard Mori ordered Pagliarulo held without bail until Tuesday, when Judge Stephen Abany, who presided over Pagliarulo’s negligent driving case, will consider the new charge against him.

At yesterday’s hearing, Pagliarulo’s lawyer said the new charge happened because the son of the dead elderly woman was parked across the street from Pagliarulo’s home and called police when he saw Pagliarulo move his pickup truck on his own property.

Pagliarulo, 68, pleaded guilty Sept. 18 to a charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle in the death of Priscilla Viens, 74 The collision in November 2010 killed Viens, who was out for her daily walk along Route 97 near her home. While crossing that road, she was struck by Pagliarulo’s pickup truck. Police said he told them he did not see Viens. Pagliarulo was originally charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation.

During yesterday’s hearing, Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo said that on Sept. 22, four days after Pagliarulo was sentenced, he drove his pickup truck. Reading from an Atkinson police report, DePaulo said an officer who was on patrol that day was called to Pagliarulo’s home.

DePaulo said the officer met Pagliarulo at the end of his driveway and Pagliarulo told the officer he was walking his dog and had moved his truck down his driveway and parked it on the street.

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