Taunton Man Sentenced in Skateboarder Death
A Taunton man police say struck a teenage skateboarder with his car then left the boy to die at the side of the road has been sentenced to 2 and a half years in jail. Paul Baran was sentenced Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court after pleading guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident with death resulting. Police say the 56-year-old Baran was behind the wheel when he struck 17-year-old Nicholas Silva-Thomas in August 2011.
Silva-Thomas was going to be a senior at Taunton High School. Court records indicate Baran previously was arrested or cited more than 50 times for traffic infractions from 1984 to 2011.