EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


October 24, 2012

Stern warning to driver in fatal crash

Says jail is next if fatal crash driver gets behind wheel again


At a hearing on Friday in Haverhill District Court, a judge found probable cause that Pagliarulo might have violated the terms of his probation by driving a vehicle outside his Atkinson home just four days after his license was suspended due to the fatal collision. 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.

At the end of Friday’s hearing, Judge Richard Mori ordered Pagliarulo held without bail until yesterday, when he faced Abany, who presided over the case involving the fatal crash.

One of Priscilla Viens’ sons, Joseph Viens of Salem, N.H., was in the courtroom yesterday along with his wife and their oldest daughter. Viens told The Eagle-Tribune that prior to Sept. 22 he promised his wife that he would not drive by Pagliarulo’s home, but on that day his curiosity got the best of him. Viens said that when he drove down Paglarulo’s street, he saw him behind the wheel of the same pickup truck that struck and killed Viens’ mother.

“I want him to know we live in the area and if he drives I will report it and he’s going to get caught,” Viens said. “We didn’t want him to go to jail, but we were told he’d lose his license for 15 years, which we agreed to,” Viens said of what his family was told early in the court process and before the judge ordered the five-year suspension of Pagliarulo’s driver’s license.

“He slapped everyone in the face by doing what he wanted to do,” Viens said of Pagliarulo’s decision to drive on Sept. 22. “I guess it is what it is, and I’ll have to accept it.”

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