Ulster man indicted in death of NYSDOT worker

NYSDOT trucks were lined up for Matt Howe’s recent funeral procession in Owego.

Lawrence E. Faucett of Ulster was arraigned in Tioga County Court in Owego Monday on a single count indictment, charging him with criminally negligent homicide in connection to the death of Dennis “Matt” Howe, according to the Tioga County District Attorney’s Office.

At about 9:50 a.m. on March 13, Faucett was driving a tractor-trailer in the westbound lane on Route 17/86 when he struck a New York State Department of Transportation pick-up truck parked on the side of the road. The DOT truck was an advance-warning vehicle for a work crew patching potholes that day. Matt Howe, the sole occupant of the pick-up truck, later died as a result of his injuries.

Faucett pleaded not guilty and requested time to file motions. He voluntarily appeared in the Tioga County Court with counsel and was released on his own recognizance.

The case was investigated by the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the New York State Police.