Prosecutors: Suspect stole car, took shots, smoked weed before fatal crash

Prosecutors: Suspect stole car, took shots, smoked weed before fatal crash

WORCESTER, Mass. — The man accused of causing a fatal head-on crash in Auburn faced a judge Friday afternoon.

In scrubs and his left arm bandaged, 24-year-old DeJesus Amaro faced a judge on motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation charges. He's accused of crashing head-on into a Jeep Cherokee on Route 20 Thursday afternoon, killing 54-year-old Michael Robidoux.

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Angel Velazquez says his friend stole his red Ford Explorer.

"It hurts that someone is dead. I'm so sorry for that family. I wish I would have hid my keys better," said Velazquez.

Worcester Country Assistant DA Anthony Melia says Amaro "fled a motor vehicle stop in Stutton, that pursuit was terminated due to the high rate of speed he fled."

Robidoux was the passenger in the Jeep and is the owner of Central Mass Towing in Auburn. The driver of the Jeep survived.

Boston 25 News spoke with Robidoux's brother Tim on Thursday night.

"If you met my brother, he's got a heart of gold, now he's gone," said Tim Robidoux.

Prosecutors say Amaro not only admitted to smoking two blunts but had two shots of Hennessy around noon Thursday.

In court, family members cried for their loved one.

"I'm sorry. I'm in pain for them. I wouldn't want that to happen to anybody," said Velazquez.

Robidoux died just a half mile away from his business. His wife drove by the crash, not knowing that her husband died in front of her.

Amaro was ordered held on $50,000 bail.

Family and friends have launched a GoFundMe in Michael Robidoux's memory.