Driver charged in December fatal crash

By: Melissa Toupin

Sitting in a wheelchair Nicholas Costa, 25, was arraigned in Taunton District Court Tuesday. His injuries are a constant reminder of the accident that claimed the life of two of his friends last December. Costa was at the wheel.

“He deserves to be in jail. He killed two amazing people in my life,” said Jeffrey Neto, brother of Jason Neto, who died in the crash.

Costa had five passengers in his car the night of the crash. They were returning home to Taunton after trying to get into a Providence club. The car crossed over the wrong side of Bay Street and smashed into a tree. Eden Macedo, 18, and Jason Neto, 18, died.

“There were no marks in the roadway indicating that the vehicle was breaking prior to the crash. No marks indicating the vehicle took any evasive action prior to the crash,” prosecutors said.

A not guilty plea was entered on Costa's behalf. His charges include vehicular homicide and driving on a suspended licence. Police say speed was a factor. Alcohol was found in the car. Costa had a blood alcohol level below a .04.

“I haven't heard him say sorry once. He has no remorse,” said Dylan Braga.

Three other teens were injured in the crash. Many of them are still recovering nearly four months later.

Outside of court Neto's brother expressed his anger and disappointment with the judges decision to grant Costa bail.

“There's no victory for my brother. He ain't never coming back,” said Jeffery Neto.

Costa is required to wear a monitoring bracelet and follow curfew. He's not allowed to drive or drink alcohol. Costa is due back in court next month.