Southfield man pleads not guilty to OUI motor vehicle homicide in Superior Court

By Bob Dunn, The Berkshire Eagle PITTSFIELD — A Southfield man accused of being under the influence when his truck struck and killed a Connecticut motorcyclist was arraigned Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court. Kristopher H.

Laine, 39, appeared before judge Karen L. Goodwin and entered a plea of not guilty to one count of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence and operating negligently. John Howard, 70, died as a result of injuries suffered in the wreck.

Goodwin released Laine on the same £1,000 bail that was set and posted in the district court with the same conditions that he not drive, remain alcohol-free and submit to random screenings. “We send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Howard as we continue to seek justice on his behalf,” Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said Tuesday in a statement. “The District Attorney’s Office deeply appreciates the extensive efforts that were made by law enforcement and first responders back in May.”

Sheffield police say Laine had partially consumed a 24-pack of beer when his truck crossed the center line on Canaan Road at around 2:20 p.m. May 22 and struck Howard head-on, throwing him from his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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A Breathalyzer test at the Sheffield police station indicated Laine’s blood alcohol content to be 0.13, according to the accident report. Laine was arraigned on the charge in Southern Berkshire District Court on June 24.

His case was submitted to a Berkshire grand jury, which handed down an indictment on July 2. A pretrial conference date in the case was set for Jan.

15. Laine is represented by attorney Timothy Shugrue.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Kyle Christensen. Bob Dunn can be reached at, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249. If you’d like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us[1].

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