Paul Baran was arraigned this morning in Taunton District Court on Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Crimes for allegedly striking and killing a teenager riding his skateboard last week. Baran was a charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident After Causing Death.
According to prosecutors, Paul Baran allegedly left the scene of the accident after he struck teenager Nicholas Silva-Thomas in Tauton, who was riding his skateboard with friends near Watson Pond last Thursday night.
At his arraignment, prosecutors represented that 'a tip' led the police to focus their investigation on Baran. Prosecutors argued that the police investigation revealed that Baran's vehicle was missing its windshield, and there was visible damage to the front end of his car.
In Massachusetts, the crime of Leaving the Scene of an Accident After Causing Death is punishable in jail for not less than 1 year and up to 2.5 years; or commitment to state prison for not less than 2.5 years and up to 10 years.
The purpose of this crime is obviously to impose punishment to persons who fail to identify themselves as responsible for accidents that result in death. Massachusetts law, therefore, imposes an active duty upon the driver to immediately stop at the scene and provide detailed information concerning his/her identity.
Following his arraignment in Taunton District Court this morning, Paul Baran was held on $100,000 cash bail.