Driver found not guilty of negligent homicide in motorcyclist's death


PITTSFIELD — It took a Berkshire County Jury of Six about 2 1/2 hours to find a New York woman not guilty of negligent homicide in the death of a motorcyclist in July 2014.

Shannon Curtiss, 32, of Stephentown, N.Y., was charged with one count of motor vehicle homicide by negligence in connection with the crash which claimed the life of 49-year-old John Kenney.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Dana Parsons argued Curtiss neglected the solid green light at the intersection of North Street and Springside Avenue, indicating she needed to yield to oncoming traffic.

Parsons told the jury, Curtiss began to make the turn, cutting off Kenney who was traveling on his motorcycle in the opposite direction about 1 p.m. July 15.

Kenney struck the passenger side of Curtiss' car and later died from his injuries.

Curtiss' attorney, Nathaniel K. Green said Curtiss had slowed at the intersection and allowed traffic to pass before proceeding.

Green said the first time Curtiss had seen Kenney or his motorcycle was after the impact.

Testimony in the trial began Tuesday. The case went to the jury about 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to Parsons.

The case was heard in Central Berkshire District Court before Judge William O'Grady.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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