Man sentenced to 3 years for 2018 Pittsfield crash that killed motorcyclist Alan Keefe

A 33-year-old North Adams man was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to being the driver in a 2018 Pittsfield crash that killed motorcyclist Alan Keefe.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that Brian Dillard pleaded guilty in Bershire Superior Court to charges of negligent motor vehicle homicide, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident that resulted in death, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, using a vehicle without authority and driving with a suspended license.

Berkshire Superior Court Judge John Agostini sentenced him to up to three years in prison, to be served at Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction in Walpole. He will be given credit for the 522 days he spent in custody awaiting trial, meaning he will have to serve a little more than 18 months.

The crash occurred Aug.

24, 2018, at Lindon and John streets in Pittfield.

Keefe was riding his motorcycle when he was struck by a pickup truck driven by Dillard. He died of injuries at Berkshire Medical Center.

Dillard drove off after the crash and ditched the truck around a half-mile away.

Police found it a short time later and determined Dillard was the driver.

The Eagle reports that Dillard took the truck without permission from his employer.