Teen accused of racing before crash that critically injured Somerville officer

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NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. - A Somerville police officer was critically injured Sunday morning when the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a car that had allegedly been racing other vehicles on I-95 in New Hampshire.

Officer Louis Remigio, 56, who was off-duty at the time of the crash, was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle when a Mercedes Benz, which was being driven by 18-year-old Michael Ricci, crossed from the northbound lanes into oncoming traffic on the southbound side.

He then collided with Remigio. 

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Remigio received life-threatening injuries and was taken to Portsmouth Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

“He's got a tough battle ahead of him. We are praying for a miracle,” Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said.

Ricci was not injured. He was arrested and charged with reckless conduct. He posted the $10,000 cash bail on Monday and will now be arraigned on Oct. 20 at 8:30 a.m. 

"He's exactly what you want in a police officer - big, tough, kind, empathetic - everything you look for in a police officer is embodied in officer Louis Remigio," Chief David Fallon said in a Somerville Police press conference. 

Chief Fallon described Remigio as "the best motorcycle officer he has ever seen". 

"He did his job well, very unheralded. In a way, you know, its the little things that you do on the job. He had the greatest dedication," Curtatone said. 

Remigio's wife died about a year ago due to complications from pneumonia. His two daughters and other family members are at his bedside in the hospital.

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