|Michael A. Rivard|
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested for running over his wife and her son with his car, killing his wife and seriously wounding his son.
On Monday, the man was charged with motor vehicle homicide after killing his wife with the family’s Lincoln Town Car and seriously injuring her adult special needs son.
Michael A. Rivard, 48, from Quincy, Massachusetts, had a suspended license and another case pending in court. The other case stems from a motor vehicle accident he was involved in earlier in the year.
Rivard accidentally hit the gas instead of the breaks, pinning his wife Beatrice M. Rivard, 67, under the car, killing her and sending hthe son, Michael Rivard Jr. to the hospital in serious condition.
According to their marriage certificate, Michael and Beatrice Rivard were married in 1982, when Michael was 18 years old and his wife Beatrice was 37 years old.
Rivard initially told police he was in the driver's seat of the car when it began to move forward. He tried to stop it, but he hit the gas instead of the brake, according to court documents.
After telling the officer that his license was suspended a year ago, Rivard said: "I cannot believe I just ran them over."
According to an officer at the scene, Rivard claimed that he was actually in the front passenger seat when the vehicle rolled forward and he tried to hit the brakes, but could not do so because he was wearing a seat belt.
Rivard was charged with motor vehicle homicide in Quincy District Court, with additional charges of operating a vehicle with a suspended license and reckless driving to follow.
Rivard’s court appointed attorney, Raffi Yessayan, told the court that Rivard was devastated. "As a result of this accident, he lost his wife, his special needs child is in the hospital in critical condition and he wants to be with him. This was a tragic accident," Yessayan said.
According to prosecutor Debi Curley, Rivard, had four car accidents since June 2011, and his license has been suspended on several occasions.
In August, he hit a telephone pole and rescue crews had to remove his wife from the passenger seat. Judge Mark S. Coven revoked his bail from an earlier motor vehicle accident and set a new bail at $10,000 cash in his latest case.