A Connecticut truck driver is facing a single count of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation related to Friday evenings collision on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Becket. According to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, 67-year-old Stanley Kardys, of West Granby, Conn. allegedly failed to brake properly when approaching slower traffic around the 14.8-mile mark in Becket shortly after 4:30 pm.

According to the media release from the District Attorney’s office, the tractor-trailer that Kardys was operating collided with the rear of a Toyota Camry driven by 69-year-old Gary Litwin, of Ludlow. Litwin’s vehicle subsequently collided with the rear of a Toyota Sienna, driven by 39-year-old Marinalva Silva, of Springfield. Emergency Medical Services transported Litwin to Baystate Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries. His wife Diane Litwin also received medical treatment at Baystate. EMS transported Silva to Berkshire Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Troop B of the Massachusetts State Police, the State Police Detective Unit for Berkshire County, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, and the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office are still investigating the collision.

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Lee Fire and Rescue and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation also responded to the scene. The Court has not yet scheduled the arraignment in the case against Kardys.

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington’s office serves all 32 cities and towns in Berkshire County. The office represents the Commonwealth in more than 7,500 criminal cases per year in Berkshire Superior Court, three district courts, three juvenile courts, Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court.

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