AYER (AP) -- A Lowell man who fell asleep at the wheel of his box truck and collided with a car driven by 67-year-old Ayer woman has been acquitted of motor vehicle homicide.
Xavier Roman was found not guilty Wednesday in Ayer District Court of being responsible for the death of Claire Boudreau in November 2011.
Roman said he dozed off for just moments before he veered into oncoming traffic on Route 2A in Ayer and colliding head-on with the other vehicle. His truck crushed Boudreau's car.
Prosecutors say Roman was negligent.
The Sentinel & Enterprise reports that defense attorney Thomas Combs said that while terrible, the crash was "an accident, not homicide."
The verdict disappointed Boudreau's daughter, Kristin Agresti, who said "there was no justice done."