Trucker Charged With Vehicular Homicide Following Deadly Accident on MA Turnpike
Berkshire County, MA – A Connecticut trucker is facing a single count of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation following a deadly crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike last week.
On Monday, the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office filed the criminal charge against Stanley Kardys, 67, of West Granby, CT.
According to prosecutors, Kardys was operating a tractor-trailer eastbound along Interstate 90 — near the 14.8-mile mark in Becket — on Friday, April 23, at approximately 4:35 p.m., when he allegedly “failed to brake properly” as he approached slower traffic.
Kardys collided with the rear of a Toyota Camry driven by 69-year-old Gary Litwin, of Ludlow.
Litwin’s vehicle subsequently collided with the rear of a Toyota Sienna, driven by Marinalva Silva, 39, of Springfield.
EMS transported Litwin and his wife Diane Litwin, 66, to nearby Baystate Medical Center.
Litwin later succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash, while Diane received medical treatment and survived.
Silva was also transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
If convicted, Kardys could face 2 1/2 years in jail, up to a $3,000 fine and loss of his driver’s license for up to 15 years.
In a release, the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office said an ongoing investigation into the crash is being conducted by Troop B of the Massachusetts State Police, the State Police Detective Unit for Berkshire County, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section.
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