By Paul Tennant
---- — NEWBURYPORT — A woman who was thrown from a moving car on Interstate 495 in Merrimac on Sunday afternoon suffered two broken arms, a head injury and road rash to her legs that was so severe she has already undergone two skin graft surgeries, state police said.
Glenda Rivera-Guerra, 37, remains in critical condition at Tufts Medical Center. The man accused of pulling her hair, punching her twice in the neck, then opening the car door and pushing her out onto the highway, Moises Matos, 43, of 400 Andover St., Lawrence, was ordered held without bail yesterday.
Newburyport District Court Judge Peter Doyle scheduled a dangerousness hearing for Friday. Matos, 5-foot-6, weighing 140 pounds and clad in a T-shirt, did not display any outward emotion during the brief arraignment. His court-appointed attorney, Robert LeBlanc of Methuen, did not object to Assistant District Attorney Michelle Belmonte’s request that he face a dangerousness hearing.
If the court determines Matos is a dangerous person, he will be held without bail pending his trial.
Matos pleaded not guilty to assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (the highway pavement), aggravated assault and three counts of assault and battery.
Matos and Rivera-Guerra were passengers in a Volkswagen Passat driven by Matos’ brother, Henry Matos, 45, who was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of liquor and unlicensed operation the day of the incident, state police said. Doyle revoked Henry Matos’ bail on unrelated charges Monday and he remains held at Middleton jail pending a pretrial conference July 9.
According to a report by Trooper Michael Provost of the Newbury state police barracks, Moises Matos pulled Rivera-Guerra’s hair while he was in the front seat of the car and she was in the back seat. He then punched her in the neck twice, got into the back seat, opened a door and shoved her out of the moving vehicle onto the highway, according to Provost’s report.
State police said several people called the Newbury barracks to report a badly injured woman was in the median strip of 495 near Broad Street. The Merrimac Police and Fire departments went to the scene and Rivera-Guerra was transported by ambulance to Anna Jaques Hospital. From there, she was flown by helicopter to Tufts Medical Center.
Trooper Scott Grimes interviewed Rivera-Guerra at the hospital. Grimes found Moises Matos in Lawrence and arrested him at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex District Attorney’s Office.