The man charged with misleading authorities in the hit-and-run death of a Waltham man last year was released last week after pleading not guilty, according to WCAC-TV.
William Vasquez, 34, of Waltham, pleaded not guilty to making misleading statements to authorities during a Waltham District Court hearing on Oct. 17, according to WCAC-TV. Vasquez was ordered to surrender his passport as well.
Vasquez is the boyfriend of Blanca Contreras who is facing motor vehicle homicide charges for hitting and killing Scott Coxall the night before Thanksgiving of 2011. Vasquez originally told Waltham Police he was not driving the car that struck Coxall. In a March interview, however, he reversed his prior statements and told police he was driving the car.
Also, Contreras's attorney told the court last week that a new witness now says he saw a man driving the car that struck Coxall, according to WCAC-TV. The Middlesex County District Attorney's Office told WCAC that they had spoken to the witness, but were proceeding with the charges against Contreras.