Pittsfield man pleads not guilty in deadly crash

19-year-old Robert Pearson was killed in the crash

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — A Pittsfield man who was behind the wheel of a car that crashed, killing one of his passengers, has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and other charges.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that 20-year-old Nathan Reiter was released on personal recognizance after his arraignment in North Adams district court on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Reiter was driving about twice the posted speed limit of 30 mph in the early morning hours of Oct. 7 in Cheshire when he lost control of his car. The vehicle hit a tree and landed on its roof.

One of Reiter’s four passengers, 19-year-old Robert Pearson, of Dalton, died. The other three passengers were not seriously injured.

Reiter told police that he swerved to avoid an animal.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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