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Former Massachusetts State Trooper indicted for responsibility in deadly 2021 car crash

Boston Herald 8/18/2022 Flint McColgan
BOSTON MA - October 29: Massachusetts State Trooper, Kristopher Carr, 25 of Monson appears in Dorchester District Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide while OUI and negligent operation of a motor vehicle on October 29, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) © Provided by Boston Herald BOSTON MA - October 29: Massachusetts State Trooper, Kristopher Carr, 25 of Monson appears in Dorchester District Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide while OUI and negligent operation of a motor vehicle on October 29, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

A former probationary trooper of the Massachusetts State Police has been indicted for his alleged role in a 2021 car crash in Boston that left one Winthrop man dead.

A Suffolk County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Kristopher Carr, 26, on a charge of motor vehicle homicide by operating under the influence of alcohol. He’s been summoned to appear in Suffolk Superior Court for arraignment on Oct. 4.

The allegations were first revealed at his initial lower-court arraignment on Oct. 29, 2021, hours after the early morning crash occurred, where his bail was set at $5,000 and the judge ordered that he submit to alcohol testing and driving.

Prosecutors said then that only a week after graduating from the State Police Academy, Carr had six to seven drinks at “three different establishments” in the city while out with his fiance. He’s then alleged to have gotten behind the wheel of his 2020 Ford Explorer SUV and headed south on Interstate 93. It was in a stretch of the interstate in South Boston where he’s said to have leaned over and kissed his fiancee and lost control of his vehicle.

The truck swerved from its lane on the far left of the highway and struck the median barrier, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s office, and the vehicle came to rest perpendicular to the median. Carr and his passenger exited the vehicle

The vehicle was in this position when prosecutors say a motorcycle driven by Christopher Zike, 51, of Winthrop, struck it and sent him flying from the bike. Zike was later pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center.

“As a member of law enforcement, Kristopher Carr had first-hand knowledge of the consequences that can result from driving drunk,” Suffolk DA Kevin Hayden said in a statement. “That he chose to ignore those consequences cost Christopher Zike his life.”

Massachusetts State Police arrested and investigated the probationary trooper themselves and terminated him the day after the incident.

A lawyer matching the name of Carr’s defense attorney was away until past Labor Day, his office told the Herald, and was not available for comment on the case.

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