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Driver charged in fatal West Bridgewater crash

An East Bridgewater man who allegedly struck and killed a motorcyclist in West Bridgewater on Saturday has been charged with not having an interlock device in the truck he was driving, as required by state law, according to the West Bridgewater Police Department.

Matthew A. Beaucaire, 27, of East Bridgewater was driving a 2013 Kenworth truck, owned by J.P. Noonan Waste Services, headed from the company’s north lot to its south lot, located on the opposite side of West Street, said a statement from the West Bridgewater Police Department.

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As Beaucaire crossed West Street, he allegedly hit and killed 57-year-old Robert F. Gallagher, who was traveling east on West Street on his 2013 Honda CRF250 motorcycle, police said. Gallagher was pronounced dead at the scene.

Beaucaire was charged with operating a motor vehicle on a public roadway without an interlock device as required by law, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to yield.

West Bridgewater police declined to comment on the investigation and state Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Verseckes, reached at home, said he was unable to access the agency’s records until Monday to comment on Beaucaire’s driving record.

Under Melanie’s Law, passed in 2005, people charged multiple times with operating under the influence must have “install an Ignition Interlock Device in their vehicle upon issuance of a hardship license or at full license reinstatement," according to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle’s website.

A man who answered the phone at J.P. Noonan said no one would be available to talk until Monday.

Jeff Fish can be reached at jfish@globe.com.
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