Man gets 3 years in prison for crash killing motorcyclist

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts man who was driving a stolen pickup truck when he was involved in a crash that took the life of a motorcyclist has been sentenced to up to three years in prison. Brian Dillard, 33, of North Adams, was sentenced Monday in Berkshire Superior Court after pleading guilty to charges including negligent motor vehicle homicide in the August 2018 death of Alan Keefe, The Berkshire Eagle reported. Dillard, driving a truck he had taken from his employer without permission, veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a motorcycle operated by Keefe, 49, of Pittsfield, prosecutors said.

Keefe died at the hospital.

The truck was found empty about a half mile away, with its driver’s side door open and the engine still running. Dillard told authorities he panicked, ditched the truck and called a friend for a ride home.

Dillard’s attorney, Joseph Zlatnik, said his client was remorseful, and pointed out that Dillard was not speeding and not impaired.

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