OWEGO (WBNG) — The man accused of causing a crash that killed a New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) employee now faces charges in relation to the employee’s death.
According to the Tioga County District Attorney’s Office, an indictment for 37-year-old Lawrence Faucett, of Ulster, Pennsylvania, was unsealed in Tioga County Court on Monday morning.
Faucett pleaded not guilty to criminally negligent homicide in relation to the March 13 crash that led to the death of Dennis “Matt” Howe, an employee with the NYSDOT.
Howe died after authorities say he was doing safety work on the side of Route 17 westbound near exit 63 when his vehicle was struck by a passing tractor trailer, allegedly driven by Faucett. A spokesperson for prosecutors say Howe’s vehicle was an advance warning vehicle for a NYSDOT work crew that was patching potholes that day.
Howe was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. He later died from his injuries.
Faucett pleaded not guilty, the district attorney’s office notes, and was release on his own recognizance.