Driver charged in death of Northampton cyclist ordered not to drive

  • Charlie Braun, a 69-year-old Northampton man who was biking near the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and Elm Street near Northampton High School, was struck and killed by a vehicle on Oct. 6, 2021. STAFF PHOTO / CAROL LOLLIS

Staff Writer
Published: 11/5/2021 10:23:33 AM

NORTHAMPTON — The Williamsburg woman charged in the Oct. 6 death of Northampton bicyclist Charlie Braun has been ordered not to drive pending the outcome of the case.

Haley Kelly-Sherette, 23, pleaded not guilty during her arraignment Friday in Northampton District Court on charges of negligent motor vehicle homicide, failing to stop for a stop sign and use of an electronic device while driving.

Northwestern Assistant District Attorney Andrew Covington told Judge Jacklyn Connly that Kelly-Sherette’s license was suspended “under the immediate threat statute,” and she was released on two conditions: that she will not drive or leave Massachusetts without the court’s permission.

Kelly-Sherette allegedly “was driving south on Woodlawn when she engaged in a 53-second Facetime conversation with a friend,” according to a Thursday statement from the district attorney’s office. “Her attention was also drawn to her 1-year-old daughter who was crying in the back seat.”

Kelly-Sherette failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Elm Street and Woodlawn Avenue, investigators allege. She hit Braun, a musician and grandfather who was riding his bicycle across the street, then called 911 and remained at the scene.

Braun, 69, was pronounced dead at Cooley Dickinson Hospital half an hour later.

Kelly-Sherette was represented in court by Northampton defense attorney John Drake. She is due to return to court for a pretrial conference on Nov. 29.

Brian Steele can be reached at bsteele@gazettenet.com.


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