October 10 2017

Somerville Officer Dies from Injuries Sustained in Accident that Lead to Charges of Burlington Teen

By: Rich Hosford

The Somerville Police Department reported Tuesday morning that long-time officer Louis Remigio, 55, died overnight due to injuries sustained in an accident on Sunday while riding his motorcycle on I-95 in New Hampshire.

Burlington resident Michael Ricci, 18, has been charged in the incident after allegedly crossing the centerline while racing his Mercedes-Benz and striking the officer. Witnesses at the scene told New Hampshire State Police that Ricci was speeding and weaving around traffic while apparently racing other vehicles.

"Louis was a very important part of this department, and I cannot begin to express what his loss will mean not only to each of us in the Somerville Police Department but to the Somerville community. My heart and my prayers are with his family during this time of unimaginable loss," Somerville Police Chief David Fallon said in a statement.

Ricci is scheduled to be arraigned on October 20 in Rockingham County Superior Court. He had posted a $10,000 cash bail prior to the officer’s passing on Monday.

The following is a statement from the Somerville Police Department's website:

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the death of our brother, Officer Louis Remigio. On Monday night, October 9, Officer Remigio succumbed to injuries sustained while involved in a motor vehicle accident on I-95 in North Hampton, New Hampshire, on Sunday, October 8.

Officer Remigio was a 30-year veteran of the Somerville Police Department, having joined the department in March 1988. Most recently, he served in the department’s Traffic Unit. Over his 30-year tenure, Officer Remigio received multiple awards for service to the community, including two Life Saving Awards, a Meritorious Service Award, a Beyond the Call of Duty Award, and numerous commendations both by his colleagues and by community members.

“Louie was a first class human being and exactly the kind of police officer you want serving your community; he was tough yet kind, empathetic, and fair. As a Chief, you always want to see that any interaction your officers have with community members are changing people’s lives for the better, and Officer Remigio embodied that one thousand percent,” said Chief of Police David Fallon. “Louie was a very important part of this department, and I cannot begin to express what his loss will mean not only to each of us in the Somerville Police Department, but to the Somerville community. My heart and my prayers are with his family during this time of unimaginable loss.”

“Officer Remigio was not only one of the most dedicated officers, but he was a well-respected and well-loved member of our city,” said Mayor Joseph Curtatone. “Whether responding to an emergency, conducting his daily duties, or assisting with one community event or another, Lou met each person with compassion, with a smile, and he was known for going the extra mile to keep our residents safe. His loss will be immeasurable in the Somerville Police Department, and today we grieve as a community for Officer Remigio, for his family, and for his brothers and sisters in the Somerville Police Department.”


 



 

 
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