DORCHESTER (CBS) – A Massachusetts State Trooper just graduated from the training academy is now facing criminal charges in a fatal motorcycle accident in Boston early Friday morning.
State police said 25-year probation officer Kristopher Carr of Monson is charged with manslaughter of motor vehicles while OUI and negligent servicing of a motor vehicle in the accident. He was arraigned in Dorchester District Court on Friday afternoon.
Investigators said Carr was free and drove a woman in a Ford Explorer on Route 93 south just before 6 p.m. 1:30 a.m. when he lost control, hit the center barrier and stopped perpendicular to traffic near the Freeport Street exit. He and the woman got out of the SUV after the crash.
Moments later, a motorcycle crashed into Explorer. The driver, 51-year-old Christopher Zike from Winthrop, was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he died.
Carr was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with what police said were “possible minor injuries.”
His 24-year-old passenger was slightly injured. She told the court Friday that Carr went to several companies and had six to seven drinks before driving. She also said Carr tried to lean over and kiss her moments before the crash.
He was released from the hospital and was booked at the South Boston barracks. Carr has been detained on $ 5,000 cash bail.
State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said Carr graduated from the academy last week and was assigned to the Westfield barracks. He was released from service and fired.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Zike’s life and express our condolences to his family,” State Police Colonel Christopher Mason said in a statement.
“After responding to the incident, Troopers immediately began an investigation that ultimately led to the verdict that the probationer was responsible and that criminal charges were justified. We also immediately released him from duty and then terminated his employment as his actions , as evidenced by the evidence, is in direct violation of the standards of integrity, conduct and professionalism required by the Ministry. “