WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Rhode Island man has been charged with vehicular homicide and drunken driving in the fatal crash that killed 64-year-old Lawrence George on Nov. 24.
William D. Lowe, 34, of Columbus Ave., Pawtucket, R.I., was arraigned Friday in Northern Berkshire District Court on charges of homicide by motor vehicle by negligent operation and under the influence of alcohol, having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and speeding.
Lowe was heading northbound on Route 7 (Cold Spring Road) in a Ford Explorer on Sunday, Nov. 24, when his vehicle crossed the center line just past Mount Greylock Regional High School, said police, colliding head-on into George's Hyundai Electra. The crash occurred at about 10:40 a.m.
George, a Dalton native who was working for Williams College, was pronounced dead at the scene. The road was closed for several hours as police conducted an investigation of the crash.
Williamstown Sgt. Scott McGowan executed two search warrants on Wednesday, Nov. 26, as a result of the investigation, focusing on Lowe, who was then at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, and on his sport utility vehicle. The next day, Pittsfield Police arrested Lowe at BMC and brought him before a judge at Central Berkshire District Court; he was held without bail until he could be arraigned in North Adams.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible. Williamstown and state police are coordinating the investigation.
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