Driver charged for striking two motorcyclists in Taunton, killing one

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TAUNTON, Mass. (WLNE) — The Massachusetts State Police said that a man was arrested in Taunton after striking two motorcyclists, killing one early Saturday morning.

Police said Fred Moreira of New Bedford was driving a 2014 Lexus Sedan on Route 24 southbound when he allegedly struck two motorcycles, causing both operators to be thrown from their bikes.

The 35-year-old was alleged to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor while driving around 2:30 a.m.

The first motorcycle was driven by 30-year-old Tyler Moniz of Fall River, who was sent into the woodline by the collision. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police said the second motorcycle was being operated by a 39-year-old Fall River man who was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Moreira is set to be arraigned on charges of vehicular manslaughter, operating under the influence of liquor, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

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