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Dennis ‘Matt’ Howe killer convicted of criminally negligent homicide

(WBNG) -- On Friday, a jury found the man involved in the death of DOT worker, Dennis "Matt" Howe, guilty.

The state DOT sent an official press release to 12 News confirming a jury convicted Lawrence Faucett of Ulster, Penn of criminally negligent homicide.

In March 2019, Howe was working and had his truck parked on the shoulder of Route 17 in Tioga County.

Faucett, who was driving a tractor-trailer, struck Howe's truck. Howe died in a hospital shortly afterward.

Initially, Facuett was ticketed for moving from a lane unsafely and failure to exercise due care in compliance with the Move Over Law.

DOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez called the verdict a "victory for highway safety."

DOT workers are amongst the most professional and dedicated public servants.  Like Matt Howe, they are on our roadways every day, working to make our transportation system safe.  We hope this verdict raises the public’s awareness of how important it is for all drivers to slow down and safely move over when coming upon a work zone.  It would be a fitting tribute to Matt if this tragedy inspired people to view a work zone not as a mere inconvenience, but as a place where people who are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters are working hard, to keep us all safe.”

DOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez

In October 2019, Governor Cuomo named a portion of Route 17 as the Dennis "Matt" Howe Memorial Highway in his memory.

WBNG Staff

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