Prosecutors: Man who hit two kids in crosswalk was high

By 
Reporter Staff
Mar. 4, 2013

An Abington man was under the influence of drugs when he ran into two kids who were crossing through a crosswalk in Peabody Square last week, prosecutors say. Michael Duca, 29, was also charged with driving without a license in the incident, which happened last Thursday evening. Both children were treated by EMTs at the scene and sent to the hospital, but will survive. Duca allegedly was speeding into the intersection of Talbot and Dot Ave. around 6 p.m. last Thursday when he hit the kids, including a toddler who was in a stroller.

According to DA Dan Conley's office: "Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Grasso requested bail be set at $2,000 and that his bail be revoked in two open cases out of Plymouth District Court and a third case out of Quincy District Court, each of which charge Duca with operating after suspension. She additionally requested that Duca be required to abstain from drugs and alcohol and be subject to random urine tests."

Judge James Coffey set bail at $2,000 bail and ordered Duca to attend Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous meetings twice a week. However, he declined to revoke Duca’s bail in the open cases or impose random tests, as requested.

Prosecutors say Duca was seen driving the Saab that hit the kids, but then allegedly switched seats with his passenger— a 28-year-old Plymouth woman who owned the vehicle – before police arrived. He is due back in court on March 29.