Shortly after news of a horrific crash on Rt. 20 spread through Auburn, word began to trickle down that the victim may have been a well-known local business owner. Late last evening, family members confirmed to the Telegram that the victim was, indeed, Michael Robidoux, owner of Central Mass Towing on Mill St. and a resident of Millbury St. in Auburn. Robidoux has also been active in local politics. Robidoux was 54. He leaves a wife, four children and many local friends and relatives.
The accident occurred about 1:45pm Thursday afternoon when a vehicle which had been the subject of a police chase in Sutton crossed the center line on Rt. 20 in the vicinity of the intersection with School St. and Elm St. That vehicle – a Ford Explorer – crossed the center line, striking two other vehicles, according to Auburn Police. Mr. Robidoux was the passenger in one of those vehicles.
The driver of the Explorer was the subject of several outstanding warrants, according to police. He fled the scene, but was tracked down and apprehended by police from several agencies and aided by the Mass State Police Air Wing helicopters and canine units. There was no confirmation of the suspect’s identity, the nature of the warrants against him, or what charges he may face.