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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.

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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.