Man denies motor vehicle homicide charges in girlfriend's death

Thursday October 11, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 29-year-old man charged with the motor vehicle death of his girlfriend pleaded not guilty to four charges on Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court.

Shaun M. Race of Pittsfield remains free on personal recognizance. He is charged with single counts of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of drugs, driving under the influence of drugs, child endangerment while driving under the influence, and driving with a suspended license.

Race's attorney, Timothy J. Shugrue, told the court that his client adamantly denies the charges. The attorney said the case was "very triable."

Police and prosecutors say Race was on drugs when the Jeep Cherokee he was driving slammed into a tree on Route 7 at the West Road intersection in Lee on the afternoon of May 26. The impact flipped the vehicle.

Race's girlfriend, 30-year-old Mayra Demedeiros, was ejected from the vehicle and was later pronounced dead at the scene. The couple's 6-week-old daughter, who was also in the vehicle, wasn't hurt, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.

On Wednesday, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Marianne Shelvey didn't ask for bail in the case, but did request that Judge John A. Agostini order Race to refrain from driving, remain drug- and alcohol-free, and submit to random testing.

Shugrue argued that his client, who got his license back in July before charges were filed, needed to be able to drive for his work and because he had two young children.

The judge agreed to allow Race to continue driving, but ordered the other conditions.

It was unclear what type of drug Race was allegedly using at the time of the crash and that information wasn't available from the DA's Office on Wednesday.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Lee Police Department.


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