Mass. man charged with DUI in crash that killed Maine woman

Posted Nov. 26, 2010, at 1:39 p.m.

PALMER, Mass. — A Massachusetts man is facing drunken driving charges for allegedly causing a Thanksgiving Day head-on crash that left a Maine woman dead.

A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of 24-year-old Joshua Lacroix of Ware at his arraignment Friday on charges including motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol. Lacroix was released but ordered not to drive and to remain alcohol- and drug-free.

Police say Lacroix was driving east on Route 20 in Wilbraham at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday when he swerved into the westbound lane and struck a vehicle with five people in it. A back seat passenger, 27-year-old Raina Jensen of Portland, Maine, was not wearing a seat belt and died.

Lacroix told police he fell asleep and does not remember what happened.

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