Off-duty trooper charged in crash that killed motorcyclist

October 29, 2021 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — An off-duty Massachusetts state trooper faces criminal charges and has been fired after he drove under the influence and lost control of his vehicle, which led to a fatal crash with a motorcyclist, state police said Friday.

Kristopher Carr, 25, of Monson, had been driving on Interstate 93 in Boston around 1:30 a.m. when he lost control of his SUV, hit the median and came to a stop perpendicular to the two left lanes.

Carr and a female passenger exited the vehicle but a motorcyclist struck the SUV.

Christopher Zike, 51, of Winthrop, was transported to Boston Medical Center with serious injuries and later pronounced dead. Carr’s 24-year-old female passenger, who police did not identify, also sustained a minor injury.

At Carr’s arraignment Friday, his passenger said Carr had visited a number of bars and had six to seven drinks before driving. She also said he tried to lean over and kiss her just before the crash.


Carr pleaded not guilty to motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. He was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail. His lawyer didn’t respond to a message seeking comment.

Carr, who graduated from the police academy last week and was still a probationary officer, was terminated Friday, state police said.