Trucker Guilty in Death of Tioga County Highway Worker
A truck driver has been convicted of criminally negligent homicide in connection with a town of Nichols crash that left a state transportation department employee dead.
37-year-old Lawrence Faucett of Ulster, Pennsylvania was convicted Friday by a Tioga County Court jury.
Investigators said Faucett drove a truck that slammed into a New York State Department of Transportation vehicle on Route 17 on March 13.
45-year-old Dennis "Matt" Howe of Candor was seriously injured. He died in a hospital five days later.
Authorities said Howe had been parked on the highway shoulder in an advance warning vehicle. The truck's lights were flashing to alert drivers that a road repair crew was working ahead.
Faucett initially was cited for moving from a lane unsafely and violating the state's "Move Over" law.
Faucett later was indicted for criminally negligent homicide.
State transportation commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said the verdict "is a victory for highway safety and for highway workers everywhere, but it will not bring Matt back to his family, friends and co-workers who loved him."
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