Northampton man arraigned in fatal October crash

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Published: 4/4/2021 8:46:15 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A 77-year-old Northampton man pleaded not guilty Friday to one count of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation in a case involving a two-vehicle crash that killed a motorcyclist in Westhampton last October.

Thomas Hanley was arraigned virtually in Northampton District Court and is due back in court June 14 for a pretrial hearing, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Hanley was ordered not to operate a motor vehicle by Judge Laurie MacLeod while the case remains open.

Prosecutors allege that on Oct. 22 at approximately 3:25 pm, Hanley, who was driving a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, crossed over the double-yellow line on Route 66 in Westhampton without signaling, directly into the path of an oncoming Harley-Davidson motorcycle being operated by David Foster, 57, of Huntington, according to the DA’s office.

Foster suffered serious injuries in the crash and was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where he later succumbed to his injuries, the Gazette reported in October.

Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Northwestern district attorney’s office, MSP Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS), and MSP Crime Scene Services investigated the crash. Hanley is being represented by Northampton attorney Paul Rudof and Assistant District Attorney Andrew Covington is representing the commonwealth.

Motor Vehicle Homicide by Negligent Operation is a misdemeanor charge in the state and carries a maximum penalty of two and a half years in jail, along with a mandatory license loss of 15 years upon a conviction.

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