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Massachusetts man charged after high-speed hit-and-run crash that killed 46-year-old Michael Wojdag



A Massachusetts man is accused of driving at a high rate of speed during a crash that killed another man.

According to Dave Procopio of Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts State Police Troopers have arrested a Boston man for causing a motor vehicle crash on the night of February 19 on Interstate 93 in Braintree that claimed the life of a Hanson man.

Investigation into the crash indicates that 19-year-old Hedweens Quetant was driving 120 mph seconds before he struck the 46-year-old Hanson resident Michael Wojdag’s SUV. At the time of the crash, evidence suggests Quetant was racing another, as yet unidentified, vehicle.

Quetant was arrested without incident early Wednesday afternoon at his Washington Street, Roslindale, residence. Troopers from the State Police Troop H Detective Unit and State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section made the arrest.

Troopers transported Quetant to the State Police-Milton Barracks, where he was booked on the charges of Manslaughter, Motor Vehicle Homicide by Negligent Operation, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Racing a Motor Vehicle, and Witness Intimidation.

The crash killed Wojdag who was ejected from the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV he was driving when it was struck by the black 2019 Honda Civic driven by Quetant. The impact of the crash, which occurred just before 9:00 p.m., caused both vehicles to go off the right side of the road. Wojdag was located on the ground near the Tahoe; Braintree Firefighters and EMS began life-saving measures and transported him to South Shore Medical Center in Weymouth, where he was pronounced deceased. Two passengers in the Tahoe, a 45-year-old woman and a teenage boy, suffered minor injuries and were transported to South Shore Medical Center. Neither Quetant nor the four passengers in the Civic, who ranged in age from 18-20, were injured. Troopers located them standing in the breakdown lane near their crashed vehicle. The Civic was owned by a family member of Quetant who was not an occupant of the vehicle.

Procopio stated that Troopers from State Police-Milton, the Troop H Detective Unit, the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and the Crime Scene Services Section began an investigation, which included collecting, documenting, and analyzing physical evidence from the roadway, retrieving electronic data from both vehicles’ computer systems, and interviewing survivors of the crash and witnesses. The preliminary crash reconstruction indicates that the Civic was traveling 120 mph in the right lane of I-93 North when it struck the passenger side of the Tahoe, which was traveling 75 mph in the second lane from the right.

Through their investigation, Troopers located multiple witnesses who reported separately that they were driving on I-93 North around the time of the crash when two vehicles, one of which they described as a dark or black sedan, drove past them at speeds they believed to be near or over 100 mph. One of the witnesses identified one of the racing vehicles as a black Honda Civic while another witness, who stopped at the scene of the crash, believed that the Civic that had crashed was one of the cars that sped by him.

When interviewed by Troopers, Quetant made statements regarding the sequence of events related to the crash and the speed he was driving. These statements were contradicted by witness statements, electronic evidence, and physical evidence obtained by investigating Troopers.

Following his arrest and booking, Quetant was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Quincy District Court and ordered held on $25,000 cash bail.

A GoFundMe fundraiser was created for Wojdag’s family and has raised over $97,000 as of this writing.

The investigation into the identity of the driver who was racing Quetant is ongoing.

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