Southfield man pleads not guilty in fatal crash

June 25, 2019 GMT

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with driving drunk and striking and killing a motorcyclist has been ordered by a judge to wear a continuous alcohol monitoring device.

Kristopher Laine, of Southfield, pleaded not guilty Monday to vehicular homicide and drunken driving in connection with the May 22 crash that killed 70-year-old John Howard of Bethlehem, Connecticut.

Police told The Berkshire Eagle that the 39-year-old Laine, a former Marine who served three tours in Iraq, had been drinking beer before his truck struck Howard’s motorcycle head-on in Sheffield.


The victim, who had served in the Army National Guard, was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene.

Judge William Rota released Laine on $1,000 bail.

Laine’s lawyer, Lori Levinson says her client is “committed to his sobriety.”


Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com