Southfield man now facing OUI-related homicide charges in motorcycle crash

(Record file photo)

PITTSFIELD — A Southfield man who was allegedly drunk when he caused the
death of a 70-year-old Connecticut
motorcyclist entered a not-guilty plea Tuesday at Berkshire County Superior
Court.

On May
22, 39-year-old Kristopher Laine was traveling eastbound near 199 Canaan Road in
Sheffield around 3 p.m. when his pick-up veered out of his lane and struck a
motorcycle operated by John Howard of Bethlehem,
Connecticut head-on, according to
previous reports. Howard died at the scene.

Berkshire
District Attorney Andrea Harrington, State Police detectives assigned to the
Berkshire district attorney’s office as well as Sheffield police and Sheffield
fire departments, New Marlborough Police, State Police Collision Analysis and
Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Services Section, State Police
from Lee, Connecticut State Police, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
and Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad, Inc. responded to the scene
of the fatal accident.

Laine was arrested by police on May 22 on charges of motor vehicle homicide by operating under the influence; and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Laine was also issued a citation for a marked lanes violation.

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