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Man Who Recorded Fatal Stoughton Crash Faces Homicide Charges

What to Know

  • Matthew Peter, of Mansfield, pleaded not guilty to vehicle homicide Jan. 3 in connection to his role in a fatal crash in Stoughton.
  • Police say Peter prompted a race and ensuing May 8, 2018 crash, then fled the scene. A couple was killed in the other vehicle.
  • Peter's father, Lawrence, was charged with impeding the investigation for not telling police about a video that was recorded.

A Massachusetts man prosecutors say prompted a car race and violent crash in which an engaged couple died, and caught it all on video, has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide.

The Brockton Enterprise reports that 27-year-old Matthew Peter, of Mansfield, was released after pleading not guilty Thursday to his alleged role in the May 8 crash in Stoughton that killed 38-year-old Angie Goodrich and her fiance, 48-year-old Michael Luddington.

Police say Peter prompted the race and ensuing crash, then fled the scene at high speed.

His father, Lawrence Peter, was charged with impeding the investigation for not telling police about the video.

An attorney for both men called the crash a "terrible tragedy."

Wendy May was working at Andy's Country Store nearby.

"[Stoughton Police] just came in and asked if we had cameras," May said.

According to his driving record, Peter has an extensive history of crashes and speeding violations.

"How somebody could record that and watch it, and — I don't know, I don't understand that," May said of the allegations against Peter.

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