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Charges issued in fatal Massachusetts motorcycle accident

As a previous post regarding a fatal motorcycle accident detailed, a 24-year-old Pittsfield man about to graduate from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst was tragically killed on April 14. A chemical engineering major, he was supposed to receive his degree in approximately two weeks when his life was cut out from under him by an allegedly drunk, wrong-way driver. The motorcyclist suffered catastrophic injuries resulting in death at the scene of the accident after a 24-year-old Sunderland woman struck him at about 2:20 a.m. near the campus. Police say she was headed in the wrong direction in the northbound lane of Route 116 when the tragic crash occurred.

The victim was declared dead at the scene of the motorcycle accident. The woman, who had been driving a Volvo, was herself hospitalized at Baystate Medical Center, though she was discharged later in the day. Previously convicted of operating under the influence in 2008, she has now been indicted on seven different counts, including manslaughter while operating a motor vehicle, motor vehicle homicide and negligence, as well as OUI with negligence and related charges. As a result of her prior OUI conviction, she had previously been assigned to a treatment and rehabilitation program.

It is virtually incomprehensible to feel the pain of the victim's family. In one moment they were likely proudly looking forward to his accomplishments in graduating from the University of Massachusetts, and in the next moment they were left in grief trying to comprehend how such a senseless tragedy could occur. His catastrophic injuries only add to the burden of the family in trying to cope with the aftermath of such a horrific and sudden end to a promising future. As they struggle to come to terms with what occurred and decide what, if any, legal actions they wish to pursue, it is only hoped that they find the strength to deal with their seemingly insurmountable loss.

Source: Berkshire Eagle, "Indictment in crash that killed local man," Josh Lintereur, May 14, 2012

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