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

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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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